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Useful Tropical Plants

Hibiscus rostellatus

Guill. & Perr.

Malvaceae

+ Synonyms

Abelmoschus rostellatus Walp.

Hibiscus furcatus Hutch. & Dalziel

Hibiscus furcellatoides Hochr.

Hibiscus surattensis rostellatus (Guill. & Perr.) Hochr.

Common Name:

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General Information

Hibiscus rostellatus is a much-branched, prickly, usually scrambling or climbing shrub though sometimes the stems are erect; the stems can be 4 - 5 metres long and 2 - 4cm in diameter[
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.
,
1671
Title
Revision of Hibiscus section Furcaria (Malvaceae) in Africa and Asia
Publication
Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Lond. (Bot.) 29( 1 ): 47-79
Author
Wilson F.D.
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. The foliage is said to repel reptiles.

Known Hazards

The foliage often has stinging hairs on it[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Botanical References

1671
Title
Revision of Hibiscus section Furcaria (Malvaceae) in Africa and Asia
Publication
Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Lond. (Bot.) 29( 1 ): 47-79
Author
Wilson F.D.
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 

Range

Tropical Africa - Senegal to Ethiopia, south to Angola, Mozambique and northeast S. Africa

Habitat

Riverine forest, edges of humid or flooded forest associations, depressions, savannah, river banks, swamp, clearings, cultivations; at elevations up to 1,400 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

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Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

Leaves - cooked and eaten as a vegetable[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
,
1671
Title
Revision of Hibiscus section Furcaria (Malvaceae) in Africa and Asia
Publication
Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Lond. (Bot.) 29( 1 ): 47-79
Author
Wilson F.D.
Publisher
 
Year
1999
ISBN
 
Description
 
].

Medicinal

The leaves are diuretic, hepatic, laxative, pectoral, stomachic, vulnerary. They are used in the treatment of various diseases[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Other Uses

The foliage is used to repel reptiles[
332
Title
The Useful Plants of West Tropical Africa.
Publication
 
Author
Burkil. H. M.
Publisher
Royal Botanic Gardens; Kew.
Year
1985 - 2004
ISBN
 
Description
Brief descriptions and details of the uses of over 4,000 plants. A superb, if terse, resource, it is also available electronically on the Web - see http://www.aluka.org/
].

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ or in containers. Germination is usually fairly rapid and no special pretreatment is needed, although germination will be faster if the seed is abraded or soaked prior to sowing[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
]. Prick out container-grown seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions when they are 10cm or more tall.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame. They generally strike readily, particularly if cuttings are taken on an angle through a node and rooting hormone is applied to their ends[
397
Title
Australian Native Plants Society
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://anpsa.org.au/index.html
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A series of fact sheets on Australian plants. Good photographs, brief description and information on uses, habitat, range, cultivation etc.
].
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