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  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis var. schizopetalus
  Citation:  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L. var. schizopetalus Dyer, Gard. Chron. 11: 568. 1879; Sivar. & Pradeep, Malvac. Southern Peninsular India 123. 1996; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 120. 2009. Hibiscus schizopetalus (Dyer) Hook.f., Bot. Mag. 106. t.6524. 1880; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 48. 1982; T.K. Paul & M.P. Nayar, Fasc. Fl. Ind. 19:150.1988; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 62. 1990; T.K. Paul in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3:392.1993; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 80. 1994; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 86. 1997; M. Mohanan & A.V.N. Rao in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 420. 2005.
  Malayalam Name(s): Tookuchemparuthi
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Coral Hibiscus, Skeleton Hibiscus, Fringed Hibiscus, Japanese Hibiscus
  Description: Shrubs, 2-3 m high; stems woody; ends of branches pendulous, glabrous. Leaves alternate, ovate or elliptic, truncate or cuneate at base, serrate at margin, acute at apex, 2-8 x 1-4 cm, 3-5 nerved at base, glabrous; nectary inconspicuous; petioles ca 2 cm long, glabrous; stipules subulate, minute, caducous. Flowers axillary, solitary, and pendulous; pedicels 5-7 cm long, jointed in middle, minutely ciliate. Epicalyx lobes 6 or 7, subulate, 1-2 mm long, glabrous or minutely ciliate. Calyx tubular, spathaceous, 2-4 lobed at tip, ca 1.6 mm long, minutely ciliate outside, glabrous inside. Corolla 5-6 cm across, red with pink streaks; petals 4-7 cm long, deeply laciniate into many linear-oblong reflexed segments. Staminal column twice as long as petals, broader above, antheriferous in upper 1/3-1/4. Ovary pyriform, minutely hairy; style 1-1.3 cm long; stigmas capitate. Capsules oblong-cylindric, 3-4 cm long (rarely formed).
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental plant
  Distribution: Native of Tropical East Africa; cultivated throughout tropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Chandiroor, Kulathupuzha
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