Hibiscus tiliaceus—Cottonwood Hibiscus—MALVACEAE.

Hibiscus tiliaceus

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Habitat—On margins of rainforest or swamp forest near the coast; banks of tidal rivers.

Distribution—North from Port Macquarie New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory.

Description—Small tree or shrub 2.5–8 m high.

Local occurrences

Brown's Creek Bicentennial Gardens, Diamond Beach, Forster/Tuncurry Streets, One Mile Beach, Sea Acres National Park and Tuncurry Flora Park

Leaves.— Simple, alternate, entire, lamina ± circular, 5 to 18 cm long, apex acuminate, base cordate, upper surface dark green and stellate–hairy, lower surface whitish and densely stellate–hairy.

Hibiscus tiliaceus
Hibiscus tiliaceus

Inflorescence—In a terminal raceme; peduncle articulate at the base. Epicalyx segments 8 to 13, triangular, 7 to 11 mm long. Calyx lobes lanceolate, 19 to 28 mm long. Corolla 5 to 7 cm long, yellow with red basal spot, often turning red before falling.

Flowering.—December to February.

Fruit—Capsule c. 25 mm long, densely pubescent with yellow–brown hairs.

Ripe.—Late Summer to Autumn.

Hibiscus tiliaceus