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Published In: Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 7: 850. 1849. (Bot. Zeitung (Berlin)) Name publication detailView in Biodiversity Heritage Library

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Type: Type: (B).
Distribution: Distribution: Tropical and subtropical regions of the Old hemisphere.
Comment/Acknowledgements: In Pakistan it is common in Upper Punjab, also found in N.W.F.P. and Kashmir.
Illustration: Hibiscus caesius Garcke (Illustration)
Map Location: B-7 Swat. Dist.: Margala, perennial, shrubby at base, 28-3-1928. R.R. Stewart s.n. (RAW); Chattar-Margalla Forest Road, flrs. purple, M.A. Siddiqui 6788 (RAW); Haripur, 26-8-1972. Shariq s.n. (PFI-M); C-7 Sargodha Dist.: c. 1 mile from Katrai on way to Hoshab, 45 cm tall shrub, growing in crevices, flrs, yellow, M. Qaiser 2622 (KUH); 15 miles from Nawshera on way to Talagang, 90 cm tall, flrs, yellow with black centre, M. Qaiser 2706 (KUH); 7 miles from Pail on way to Khushab, 45 cm tall, firs. yellow, M. Qaiser & S.A. Faruqi 2747 (KUH); Sakesar Hills, 30-9-1949. A. Rehman s.n. (KUH); Sakesar, 24-9-1951. A. Rehman s.n. (KUH); exposed places along the road, Sakesar Road, 3500', 17-9-1954 I. Ahmad s.n. 2 sheets (KUH); Islamabad Dist.: on hills, with fruit: Y.Nasir 6842 (RAW); Rawalpindi Dist.: Sohan River, Rawalpindi R.R. & I.D. Stewart 441 (RAW); Topi Park, Rawalpindi, R.R. Stewart s.n. (RAW); Christ Church compound, Rawalpindi, M.A. Siddigi s.n. 2 sheets (RAW); Ayub Park, Rawalpindi, 17-9-1962 M.A. Siddiqi s.n. (RAW); ibid, firs, yellow with brown centre, M.A. Siddiqi, Y. Nasir & F. Grohmann 6339 (RAW) ; ibid, 3-4 ft. tall herbaceous shrub, firs, white with pink streaks and with brown centre, M.A. Siddiqi, Y. Nasir & F. Grohmann 6340 (RAW); Taxila, 12-9-1970 Altaf & Ramzan s.n. (RAW); Campbellpure Dist.: Khairi, Murat, R.R. Stewart & E. Nasir 27920 (RAW) ; C-8 Mirpur Dist.: in bushes, R.R. Stewart 27244 (RAW).


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Erect, 1-1.5 m tall herb or undershrub. Branches with scattered bristles. Leaves palmately 3-5-partite; leaflets 1.5-7 cm long, 0.5-2 cm broad, commonly elliptic, serrate, upper surface almost glabrous or simple or stellate hairy on the veins, lower surface with scattered stellate hairs; stipules, 3-10 mm long, filiform with scattered, simple, slightly stiff hairs; petiole 2-8 cm long, with a few scattered stiff hairs. Flowers axillary, solitary, large; pedicel (2-) 6-14 (-17) cm long with scattered, tubercled simple, stiff hairs, more so near the top, articulate, slightly geniculate. Epicalyx segments commonly 10, 1.5-3.5 cm long, 1 mm broad, needle like subspiny, terete, hairy, straight or slightly curved, radiate. Calyx fused at the base, shorter than or equal to epicalyx segments; lobes lanceolate, long acuminate, 3-nerved, sparsely simple hairy. Corolla large, 3-5.5 cm long, 5-8 cm across, yellow or rarely white with purple centre; petals obovate, sparsely stellate hairy outside, glabrescent, claw ciliate margin. Staminal column 1.5-2 cm long, purple, antheriferous below the middle. Capsule ovoid, 7-13 mm long, 6-9 mm across, beaked, covered with simple bristly haris, more so near the top. Seeds 3-4 per cell, dark brown, 2 mm across.
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