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  Hibiscus hirtus
  Citation:  Hibiscus hirtus L., Sp. Pl. 694. 1753; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 335. 1874; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 97(70). 1915; T.K. Paul in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 329. 1993; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 79. 1994; Sivar. & Pradeep, Malvac. Southern Peninsular India 94. 1996; M. Mohanan & A.V.N. Rao in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 412. 2005. Hibiscus phoeniceus Cav., Diss. 3: 157, t.67. f.2. 1787, non Jacq. 1776.
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  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Lesser Mallow white
  Description: Herb or undershrubs, 1-1.5 m high; stems erect, pubescent with simple stiff minute stellate hairs.Leaves alternate, lower ones ovate, rounded or cuneate at base, crenate-serrate or irregularly toothed at margin, acute to acuminate at apex, 3-6 x 2-3 cm, 3-5 nerved at base, often with an oblong nectary on midnerve beneath, minutely pubescent with stellate hairs; petioles 0.5-1.5 cm long, with long stellate and simple hairs; stipules linear, 2-8 mm long, ciliate. Flowers axillary, solitary or seemingly in racemes or panicles by reduction of upper leaves; pedicels longer than petioles, 0.5-2 cm, accrescent to 5 cm, jointed below or above middle, pubescent. Epicalyx lobes 6-9, free, lanceolate to linear or subulate, acute, 3-8 x 0.5-1 mm. Calyx ca 1.5 cm across, 5-fid or parted; lobes divided nearly to base, linear-lanceolate, hairy, persistent. Corolla rotate, pink or white. Petals obovate, 1-1.5 x 0.5-0.8 mm, rounded at apex. Staminal column shorter than or as long as petals. Ovary subglobose, ca 2 mm across; stigmas capitate. Capsules globose, 7-10 mm, shorter than calyx; seeds 2 or 3 in each locule, reniform, ca 2 mm across, densely covered with long wooly hairs.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Malappuram, Kozhikkode
  Habitat: Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen forests, also cultivated as an ornamental
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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