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"Doesn't 'expecting the unexpected' make the unexpected expected?" ~

French Hibiscus at SACRED LANDS in St. Petersburg Beach ~


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Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis

Family: Malvaceae or Mallow family


Region of Origin

South China, hybrids developed in Florida & Hawaii


This ever-flowering garden shrub with its many lovely colours and forms takes the place of the standard rose in Malaysian gardens. The hibiscus is Malaysia's national flower (five petals variety) and is also the State flower of Hawaii. H.rosa-sinensis is the most common Hibiscus in Malaysia. Several species of Hibiscus are common and are mostly introduced, for example the red hibiscus (bunga raya), coral hibiscus (H. schizopetalous) and rose mallow (H. mutabilis).


Hibiscus is from the Mallow family which comprises herbs or soft-woody shrubs, or trees such as the Durian and the Kapok. Its flowers are bisexual, regular and often showy, solitary or in an inflorescence with 5 large petals. Its 5-lobed Calyx is toothed and is often subtended by an epicalyx. Its stamens are numerous, monadelphous, and has a conspicuous staminal tube, enclosing the gynoecium. One of the most misinterpreted perception of Hibiscus by public is, the flowering of this flower only lasts a day. But because it has numerous flower buds, constant flowering seems to misled people thinking it blossoms for few days.

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Taken on October 20, 2009