Hibiscus allenii Sprague & Hutch.

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Hibiscus allenii

Picture: Helen Pickering
South of Livingstone: road to Maramba Lodge on right, about 50m before the lodge gate

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Common names:
Status: Native
Shrubby perennial herb. Stems covered in yellowish stellate and simple hairs. Leaves, up to 8 × 8 cm, ovate to almost round in outline, usually deeply 3-5-lobed with narrowly oblong-lanceolate lobes, strigose above, stellate-hairy below; margin coarsely serrate; petiole up to 3.5 cm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, up to 1.5-2 cm in diameter, red. Epicalyx of 6-7 bracts, 2-4 mm long, narrowly linear. Calyx up to 9 mm long; lobes narrowly triangular, 7-8 mm long, stellate hairy. Fruit a subspherical capsule, c. 9 × 10 mm, velvety. Seeds smooth and hairless or minutely pubescent.
Type location:
Syntypes from Victoria Falls
Notes: See the very similar Hibiscus migeodii for comparison.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In woodland and grassland.
Altitude range: Up to 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, Caprivi-Namibia, Southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S,W
Growth form(s): Perennial, shrub under 2 m.
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 450 - 458. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 60.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 84.

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Flora of Botswana: Hibiscus allenii
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Flora of Malawi: Hibiscus allenii
Flora of Mozambique: Hibiscus allenii
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hibiscus allenii

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus allenii
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hibiscus allenii
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hibiscus allenii
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Hibiscus allenii
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iNaturalist: Hibiscus allenii
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hibiscus allenii
JSTOR Plant Science: Hibiscus allenii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus allenii
Plants of the World Online: Hibiscus allenii
Tropicos: Hibiscus allenii
Wikipedia: Hibiscus allenii

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Hibiscus allenii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139270, retrieved 22 April 2024

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