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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hibiscus praeteritus

Family Malvaceae
Distribution and habitatHibiscus praeteritus is a very widespread species found in Limpopo and Mpumalanga where it grows in bushveld and rocky hillsides at about 700–1 100 m.
DescriptionHibiscus praeteritus is a fast-growing, slender shrub, 0.6–2.0 x 1 m. The ovate, coarsely serrated leaves are either arranged alternately or in a cluster. In most cases the leaf surfaces are slightly hairy. Hairs appearing on the stems are generally closely apressed. The pink or red flowers have five petals, 25-30 mm in diameter. The flower colour normally darkens with age. The fruit is a 10 mm green capsule with a 30 mm stalk. The seeds turn black when ripe and are covered with a creamy-white, cottony floss.