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Useful Tropical Plants

Hibiscus panduriformis

Burm.f.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Hibiscus friesii Ulbr.

Hibiscus multistipulatus Garcke

Common Name: Yellow Hibiscus

Hibiscus panduriformis
Close-up of flower
Photograph by: J.M.Garg
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General Information

Yellow hibiscus is a sub-shrub, producing annual to perennial shoots up to 2.5 metres tall from a woody rootstock.
The plant is utilised in the wild by local people as a source of fibre.

Known Hazards

The plant is thickly hairy and often has stinging bristles[
331
Title
Flora of Guatemala
Publication
 
Author
Standley P.C. & J. A. Steyermark
Website
http://www.archive.org/
Publisher
 
Year
1946 - 1976
ISBN
 
Description
A superb reference, though somewhat dated. Gives lots of plant uses as well as information on plant habit and habitat. The entire flora (13 volumes) can now be downloaded from http://www.archive.org/
].

Botanical References

308
Title
Flora Zambesiaca
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://apps.kew.org/efloras/fz/intro.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent online flora of plants from the Zambezi River basin. It lists a number of the plant uses as well as the habitats and botanical descriptions of the plants.

Range

Tropical Africa, through tropical India, southeast Asia, Indonesia to Australia.

Habitat

Dry places; old cultivations; sandy soil; gallery forest; savannah with thorny plants; dembos; swampy places; Acacia woodland and wooded grassland ; also as a weed on black soil; at elevations from sea level to 2,000 metres[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height2.50 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Found in the wild on black cotton soil; alluvial clay flats; sandy-clayey soils[
328
Title
African Flowering Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/recherche.php
Publisher
Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques.
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
Contains information on over 150,000 plant names (including synonyms) giving a description and habitat, plus a distribution map.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the stems is used for making twine, bags etc[
46
Title
Dictionary of Economic Plants.
Publication
 
Author
Uphof. J. C. Th.
Publisher
Weinheim
Year
1959
ISBN
-
Description
An excellent and very comprehensive guide but it only gives very short descriptions of the uses without any details of how to utilize the plants. Not for the casual reader.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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