Yellow Hibiscus
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Yellow Hibiscus
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Yellow Hibiscus
Botanical name: Hibiscus panduriformis    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Yellow Hibiscus is a shrub-like perennial herb, growing up to 2.5 m tall, with a woody base and hairs on the stems. Leaves are ovate or almost round in outline, shallowly 3-5-lobed, hairy on both surfaces. Leaf stalks are long and hairy, margins are irregularly toothed. Flowers arise singly in leaf axils, yellow with a dark centre, turning apricot-orange with age. Petals are softly hairy on the outside. There is an epicalyx of 8-10 bracts, which are linear-spoon-shaped, joined near the the base. Sepals are triangular, velvety, 3-veined, joined about halfway. Capsule are nearly spherical, about 1.5 cm in diameter. Seeds are 3 × 2 mm, crescent to kidney-shaped, densely velvety.

Identification credit: J. M. Garg
Photographed in Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary, Andhra Pradesh.
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