Sea Hibiscus
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Sea Hibiscus
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Sea Hibiscus, Mahoe, Cotton Tree, Beach Hibiscus, cottonwood hibiscus, green cottonwood, Sea-coast rose-mallow, tree mallow, yellow mallow tree • Assamese: ৰত্নাকৰ ফুল ratnakara phula • Bengali: বোলা bola, হলদে বোলা halade bola, ছেলবা chelaba, সমুদ্রজবা samudrajaba • Hindi: बोला bola, चेल्वा chelwa, पोला pola • Kannada: ಬಿಳಿಪಟ್ಟ bilipatta, ಕಾರ್ಕ್ ಬೆಂಡು kaark bendu, ಸಮುದ್ರ ತೀರದತ್ತಿ samudra theeradatthi • Konkani: बेलीपटा belipata, खारीकापुसी kharikapusi • Malayalam: തൈപ്പരുത്തി thaipparutti • Marathi: बेलपटा belpata • Odia: ବଣିଆ bania, ବଣିଆଁ bananya • Sanskrit: बला bala • Tamil: நீர்ப்பருத்தி nir-p-parutti, தாளிப்பருத்தி tali-p-parutti • Telugu: చేరిగోగు cherigogu, ఎర్రగోగు erragogu, ఎట్టగోగు ettagogu Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Talipariti tiliaceus    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Hibiscus tiliaceus f. albiflorus, Hibiscus hastatus

Sea Hibiscus is an evergreen small, spreading tree to 25 ft high and nearly as wide. The alternate leaves have long petioles and are heart shaped with pointed tips. They are leathery, whitish and pubescent beneath, and 4-8 in long. The blossoms of Sea Hibiscus are typical Hibiscus flowers: funnel shaped with five petals and a prominent central column which bears the stamens and the pistil. They are bright yellow with a deep red centre upon opening. Over the course of the day, the flowers deepen to orange and finally red before they fall. The branches of the tree often curve over time and the wood has been used for seacraft construction, firewood, wood carving and many other uses. The inner bark of the tree has been used by Hawaiian Polynesians to make rope. This tree has been widely used as a bonsai in many Asian countries, particularly in Taiwan.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed at I.T.O., Delhi.

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