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  Hibiscus acetosella
 
  Family: MALVACEAE
  Citation:  Hibiscus acetosella Welw. ex Hiern, Cat. Afr. Pl. 1: 73. 1876; Sivar. & Pradeep, Malvac. Southern Peninsular India 101. 1996; M. Mohanan & A.V.N. Rao in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 412. 2005. Hibiscus eetveldeanus De Wildeman & Durand, Bull. Soc. Roy. Bot. Beligigue 38:24. 1899.
  Malayalam Name(s): Pulivenda
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  Description: Erect, branched subshrub, 1.5-2 m high. Leaves 3-5 parted, ovate or orbicular, truncate at base; lobes lanceolate, crenate-serrate at margin, acute or subobtuse at apex, 2-7 x 2-6 cm, glabrous, with a nectary at base of midnerve. Petioles 2-8 cm long, reddish; stipules lanceolate, 5-10 mm long, glabrous. Flowers solitary, axillary or 3 or 4 together in clusters. Pedicels ca 6 mm long, accrescent to 10 mm, jointed in middle. Epicalyx lobes 8-10, spatulate, 2-furcate, 1-1.5 cm long, ciliate at margin. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed, reddish; lobes ovate-lanceolate, 5-7 x 1.5-3 mm, with hairy marginal costae. Corolla ca 6 cm across, red with a purple centre. Petals obliquely obovate, rounded at apex, 3-4 cm long, glabrous except glandular-hairy base inside. Staminal column antheriferous throughout. Ovary ovoid, ca 3 x 4 mm, hairy; styles 5-lobed; stigmas discoid, hairy, purple. Capsules ovoid, acuminate at apex, ca 2 x 1.5 cm, hairy. Seeds reniform, scabridulous, dark brown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting:
  District(s): Kozhikkode
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated as vegetable
  Distribution: Tropical Africa, Malesia and Tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red, Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
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