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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 3/8/2013)
Species HIBISCUS SCHIZOPETALUS (Masters) Hook. f.
PlaceOfPublication Curt. Bot. Mag. 106: t. 6524. 1880.
Synonym Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L. var. schizopetalus Masters, Gard. Chron. 1879: 272, fig. 45; Boulger, Gard. Chron. 1879: 372.
Description Shrub up to 4 m high, glabrous or nearly so. Leaves rather short-petiollate, the petiole slender, up to 1.7 cm long, canaliculate and stellate-hirtellous above, the stipules subulate-filiform; blade elliptic to narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse at the base, acute at the apex, serrulate-denticulate at the margin, up to 6 cm long and 2.5 cm wide, glabrous, usually 3-palminerved, the nervation slightly prominent beneath. Flowers showy, solitary in the upper leaf axils, pendent, the pedicels very long, slender, articulated near the middle, up to 14 cm long, glabrous to minutely papillate; epicalyx none or the bractlets usually very minute; calyx tubular-cam- panulate, irregularly lobed, 15-20 mm long, spathaceous, glabrous or minutely papillate; petals reflexed, obovate, long-unguiculate, deeply pinnately dissected into numerous oblong or= spatulate lobes, 4-7 cm long, pink or red; staminal tube slender, 5-lobulate at the apex, well exceeding the corolla and up to 9 cm long, antheriferous on the upper part, the filaments up to 7 mm long; style much longer than the staminal tube, the style branches ca 10-12 mm long, the stigmas fimbril- late. Capsule oblong-cylindraceous, obtuse, the seeds glabrous.
Habit Shrub
Note A very handsome shrub native to tropical East Africa, extensively cultivated in tropical America and occasionally escaping, but probably nowhere naturalized in this hemisphere; known in Panama as paraguita China (cf. Standley 30533).
Specimen BOCAS DEL TORO: Old Bank Island, vie of Chiriqui Lagoon, von Wedel 1859 (MO, US). CANAL ZONE: Summit, cult. plants at the Plant Introduction Garden, Steyermark s. n. (MO). PANAMA: Juan Diaz, planted, Standley 30533 (US).
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