Hibiscus ludwigii Eckl. & Zeyh.

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Hibiscus ludwigii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Hibiscus ludwigii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Hibiscus ludwigii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Hibiscus macranthus Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust shrub-like perennial herb up to 2–3 m tall; stems sparsely to very densely setose. Leaves suborbicular in outline, up to 8 × 8 cm, obscurely or distinctly 3–5-lobed, setose-hairy on both surfaces, especially on the veins, base cordate or subcordate; margin crenate-serrate; petiole up to 7 cm long ; stipules 4–5 mm long, filiform. Flowers up to 7 cm. in diameter, yellow with purple centre, solitary in the axils of the upper leaves and forming racemes at the apices of the stems; peduncle up to 15 mm long, stellate-setose, articulated near the base. Epicalyx of 5 ovate-lanceolate to narrowly triangular bracts, up to 25 mm long, joined for c. 4–5 mm at the base. Calyx shorter than or equalling the epicalyx, pubescent; lobes ovate to ovate-lanceolate, joined to nearly half-way. Petals obovate, up to 7 × 6 cm, pubescent. Capsule ellipsoid, 22 mm long, densely stellate-setose.
Type location:
South Africa
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: At margins of forest.
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Worldwide distribution: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
Growth form(s): Perennial, shrub over 2 m.
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Content last updated: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 204.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 461.

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.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Hibiscus ludwigii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139410, retrieved 1 February 2023

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