Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hibiscus panduriformis

Hibiscus panduriformis | Yellow Hibiscus

Hibiscus panduriformis is a shrubby perennial, up to 2.5m, with a woody base. The leaves are almost round in outline, shallowly 3-5-lobed, hairy on both surfaces, with irregularly toothed margins. Flowers are yellow with a dark center, turning apricot-orange with age. This species can be found growing in dry sandy places, often in places of old cultivation and disturbed areas throughout tropical Africa, Asia and Australia.

Reference: Hibiscus panduriformis complex in Australia has been revised. Six species are now recognized, of which one is the widespread H. panduriformis; one, H. austrinus, is based upon H. panduriformis var. australis; and four represent new species, H. apodus, H. calcicola, H. fluvialis, and H. multilobatus. A new variety is recognised in H. austrinus, namely var. occidentalis.

   Blumea - Journal of Plant Geography
   Vol. 50, No 2, July 2005
   by Juswara, L.S.; Craven, L.A.

Historical Reference: Plants principally for Manufactures. Hibiscus panduriformis —Native name on the Mitchell, Bee-allo. A fibrous plant; grows to 10 feet high; scabrous and rough. The bark is stripped, cleaned, and twisted into cordage for bags, nets, and twine; found on the Mitchell.

   The Journal of the Anthropological Institute
   Royal Anthropological Institute, 1884