Hibiscus praeteritus R.A. Dyer

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Hibiscus praeteritus

Picture: Helen Pickering
At the bottom of the Swing, 5th Gorge, below the Victoria Falls

Hibiscus praeteritus

Picture: Helen Pickering
At the bottom of the Swing, 5th Gorge, below the Victoria Falls

Hibiscus praeteritus

Picture: Helen Pickering
At the bottom of the Swing, 5th Gorge, below the Victoria Falls

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Synonyms: Hibiscus hirtus L. subsp. africanus Cufod.
Common names:
Sparsely branched perennial herb, up to 2 m tall. Stems appressed stellate-hairy. Leaves, up to 6 × 3 cm, ovate to narrowly lanceolate, unlobed, densely stellate hairy on both surfaces; margin serrate; petiole up to 3 cm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, up to 2-3 cm in diameter, red or rarely pink. Epicalyx of 6-7 bracts, 8-10 mm long, linear. Calyx up to 9-10 mm long; lobes linear-lanceolate, 8-9 mm long, stellate hairy. Fruit a subglobose capsule, c. 9 × 9 mm, minutely velvety.
Type location:
Transvaal, Soutpansberg
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Worldwide distribution: Southern Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 32.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 259.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 454 - 455.

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.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 81. (Includes a picture).

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

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 218.

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Flora of Botswana: Hibiscus praeteritus
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Flora of Mozambique: Hibiscus praeteritus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hibiscus praeteritus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hibiscus praeteritus
African Plant Database: Hibiscus praeteritus
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Hibiscus praeteritus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hibiscus praeteritus
Plants of the World Online: Hibiscus praeteritus
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Wikipedia: Hibiscus praeteritus

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Hibiscus praeteritus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139540, retrieved 5 December 2021

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