Tiny Flower Hibiscus
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Tiny Flower Hibiscus
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Tiny Flower Hibiscus
Botanical name: Hibiscus micranthus    Family: Malvaceae (mallow family)
Synonyms: Hibiscus ovalifolius

This should be a Hibiscus with one of the smallest flowers. Tiny Flower Hibiscus is a perennial with branched stems branched, stiff, erect, up to 40-100 cm. Leaves with stalk up to 1.2 cm, variable in size and shape, 0.5-2.5 x 0.5-3.5 cm, triangular or oval with rounded base, with toothed edges and pointed tips. Flowers white, 0.5 cm across, on stalks up to 3 cm, only open in direct sunlight. Fruit a spherical capsule, 1 cm across. Seeds densely covered with white hairs. Flowering Jan.-May. Tiny Flower Hibiscus is native to Tropical Africa, Arabia, India and Pakistan.
Identification credit: Navendu Page & Pradip Krishen
Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.
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