Malvaceae species: (Hibiscus)
Species: Over 200 species
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, alvaceae. It is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are often noted for their showy flowers and are commonly known as hibiscus.
The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule dehisces (splits open) at maturity. It is usually red.
A hibiscus tree photographed January on the Te Henui walkway Devon St entrance.