Hibiscus heterophyllus subsp. heterophyllus— Native Rosella—MALVACEAE.

Hibiscus heterophyllus

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Habitat—Usually in open forest, sometimes in cleared or remnant rainforest or on margins of rainforest, chiefly on the coast.

Distribution—North from the Central Coast of New South Wales to North Queensland.

Description—Shrub or small tree, ± glabrous, stems prickly.

Local occurrences

Australis Resort, Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Bennett Head, Black Head, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Copeland, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Dixon Property, Great Lakes College-Forster Campus, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park Taree, Red Head, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point and Waitui Falls.

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, finely toothed with numerous short prickles an rough bark. Lower leaves ovate or 3 to 5—lobed, upper leaves narrow—ovate to linear—lanceolate; laminas 5 to 18 cm long.

Hibiscus heterophyllus
Hibiscus heterophyllus

Inflorescence—Solitary, axillary. Epicalyx segments 10 to 12, linear, 15 to 20 mm long. Calyx lobes lanceolate, 20 to 35 mm long, with a dense rusty—stellate tomentum; glands absent. Corolla 5 to 7 cm long, white, pale pink or yellow with a purple basal spot.

Flowering.—Late spring to Summer.

Fruit—Capsule 20 mm long, with pubescent hairs long and straw—coloured

Ripe.—Late summer to Autumn.

Hibiscus heterophyllus