Hibiscus hirtus L., Sp. Pl. 694 1753.;
Lesser Mallow • Marathi: दुपा Dupari, नरेरी Nareri •
Gujarati: Baporis •Bengali: Lal-surgumini • Tamil: நித்யமல்லீ Nityamalli • Telugu: నిత్యమల్లి Niyamalli, సూర్యమని Suryamani • Malayalam: സൂര്യമനീ Suamani ;
Hye-bisk-us — rose-mallow
HER-tus — hairy

Native of: India

Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Hibiscus hirtus L. i.e. “capsules as long or shorter than calyx”. In contrast, the calyx lobes of H. micranthus are strikingly shorter than the fruit)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Malvaceae Fortnight :: Hibiscus hirtus :: Tungareshwar WLS :: DVJUL14 : 1 post by 1 author. 9 images.

Hibiscus hirtus L.
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 29, 2008
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 8, 2008
at Kohoj fort near Manor on February 3, 2008
at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on February 2, 2008

at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on November 24, 2007


 

Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)

Thanks … The posted plant is quite common occurrence in northern Western Ghats. Most people in this region “recognize” it as Hibiscus hirtus. and call it as dupari (afternoon bloomer). Two books (field guides) – Shrikant ji’s Flowers of Sahyadri and Kehimkar ji’s Common Indian Wild Flowers have Hibiscus hirtus illustrated, and I have no doubt that the posted plant matches the illustrations in both the books. Shrikant ji’s Flowers of Sahyadri illustrates Hibiscus micranthus too; both look different enough to easily decide whether hirtus or micranthus. About H. hirtus being red may not be strict characteristic.

I hope we have a separate post which discusses hirtus versus micranthus.


There has been total confusion regarding this in Indian literature as is evident on the thread I gave with lot of discussions with Lalithamba ji. Even BSI Flora gives keys which are not correct. All these aspects were properly looked into in the Monograph published after BSI Flora of India. Pl. look into the Monograph. I think Monograph is much more accurate rather than any literature in this context.


Thanks … I will try to understand the content related to H. hirtus & micranthus in the monograph.


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers on the keys and did not check the calyx. Original id by … is correct.


Image from Kahoj fort may be of Hibiscus micranthus due shorter calyx than fruit.


… plant from Kohoj fort is also H. hirtus.
H. micranthus has different looking style structure, as such these two species cannot be confused for each other.
In H. hirtus, as seen in the posted plant, the style always rests over the petals.


Thanks, …, You appears to be right. Calyx appears to be bigger than fruit, on further checking.


 

 

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Malvaceae Fortnight :: Hibiscus hirtus :: Prabalgad:: PKAJUL15 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)

Hibiscus hirtus from Prabalgad.
Family:
Malvaceae
Date/Time: 22-01-2012 / 13:30Hrs
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit: Herb


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

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Malvaceae Fortnight:: Hibiscus hirtus – NSJ 09 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (3)

Hibiscus hirtus (Dupari – Marathi) from Sagargad near Alibag


 

 

Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)

 


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only.

 

 


 

 

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Please ID this plant seen in the Aarey forest in Nov 2016?
Which Hibiscus is this?

Can this be Hibiscus hirtus?

Yes …, Hibiscus hirtus.


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers on the keys and did not check the calyx. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

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Today (2.6.11) at Kanakeshwar,Alibag
Hibiscus hirtus
Local Marathi name: Dupari

Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

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Malvaceae week : Hibiscus hirtus: Malvaceae week : Hibiscus hirtus
Fort Karnala; Western ghats Maharashtra


Are all these three photos of same plant?
Flowers appear different. Leaf shape also appear different. Dentation of leaf margin also appears different


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers on the keys and did not check the calyx. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

Can it be Hibiscus talbotii by any chance as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph ?
We do not have any identified posting so far in efi.

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Please note the correct pictures here
Hibiscus hirtus

 

 


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

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Malvaceae week :: Hibiscus hirtus: Hibiscus hirtus L.

Hye-bisk-us — rose-mallow 
HER-tus — hairy
[image: Hibiscus hirtus]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>
Nov 24, 2007 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
commonly known as: lesser mallow • Bengali: surgumini • Gujarati: બપોરે bapore • Marathi: दुपारी dupari, नरेरी nareri • Sanskrit: अर्कपुष्पि arkapushpi
Native of: India
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Feb 19, 2011 at Dodhani near Matheran
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Nov 29, 2008 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
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Nov 29, 2008 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
– [image: Nareri (Marathi: नरेरी)]<http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.flickr.com%2Fphotos%2Fdi…>…
Nov 24, 2007 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
– … for more views:
http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=Hibiscushirtus&w=91314344%40N00&m=tags

Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)

Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 

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Malvaceae Week: Hibiscus hirtus from Sagar gad:   Hibiscus hirtus (Marathi-Dupari) from Sagargad


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 

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Hibiscus hirtus:   Hibiscus hirtus from Prabalgad.
Family: Malvaceae
Date/Time: 22-01-2012 / 13:30Hrs
Habitat: Wild
Plant habit: Herb

 


In marathi it is known as Dupari (Since it opens during mid of the day). Is it also known as same meaning in other Indian Languages?


beautiful flower. I have seen this flower at Karnala. Is this a perennial or annual flower?


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 


 

 

 

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Hibiscus hirtus from Mumbai: Hibiscus hirtus, a charming mallow that thrives in the forest of the Borivali National Park, seen flowering at 9:30 a.m. yesterday en route to Highest Point. It is popularly known as બપોરીઓ [Baporio] in Gujarati and दुपारी [Dupari] in Marathi since the flowers are said to open in the afternoon; however, most of my sightings have been in the morning. Have seen it flower more or less throughout the year in and around Mumbai & South Gujarat.


Gorgeous! The veins on the petals are beautiful and I really like the soft juxtaposition of the three colours… white, yellow and pink.
Even I have seen it flowering in the morning. Thanks … for sharing.


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


 

Thank you, …, for the reference to Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph by Sivarajan and Pradeep (1996). As per the species key in this book, the flower colour would indeed rule out Hibiscus hirtus L. However, the capsules of the white-flowered plants found around here happen to be in accordance with their description/illustration of the fruit of H. hirtus. The same is true of Dinesh ji’s photographs from Tungareshwar etc. So the flower colour as an overriding factor for determining the species in this particular case is open to question.


Thanks, …, I think there are other details about leaves, corolla, calyx etc. also, which can be checked. As it is a Monograph, it has gone in detail for all aspects.


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers on the keys and did not check the calyx. Original id by … is correct.


 

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Hibiscus hirtus : fruit and seeds :  2 images. 4 posts by 3 authors.

The fruit and seeds of Hibiscus hirtus clicked today morning in Borivali National Park, North Mumbai. The young fruit is a round, pea-size capsule that splits open along the striped seams upon maturity. The seeds – two in each of the five cells – are covered with a fine shock of long hair that aids in wind dispersal.
The young green fruit is relished by the Mahadeo Koli adivasis of this region. It is rather bland but crunchy and refreshing.

These natives address this plant as नारेल in Marathi and were puzzled when I referred to it as दुपारी !


Very fine, crisp photos. I didn’t know the green fruit could be eaten


Hibiscus micranthus if with white flowers as in your other post, as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


 

Thank you, …, for the reference to Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph by Sivarajan and Pradeep (1996). According to the authors of this work, one of the ‘key’ aspects between the two species is the length of the calyx lobes in relation to the capsule. The fruit in my photograph conforms to their description/illustration of the fruit of Hibiscus hirtus L. i.e. “capsules as long or shorter than calyx”. In contrast, the calyx lobes (as well as the involucellar bracts) of H. micranthus are strikingly shorter than the fruit. Have attached the relevant screenshots from the cited book for ready reference. 
Also, the seeds are “2-3 per cell” in H. hirtus whereas in H. micranthus L.f., the seeds are “3-4 in each locule”. My observation of the seeds is again consistent with their description of H. hirtusAs for the flower colour, I have only seen primarily white flowers around here that are sometimes, not always, tinged with pink.
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H hirtus is herbaceous, has leaves longer than broad, usually entire. Flowers are white, opening by noon, remain white till fading.
H micranthus is shrubby, has leaves broader than long, usually lobed. Flowers are white, open in the morning and turn pink by noon.
I am unable to understand the confusion between the two. Plants posted by … are H hirtus alright.

Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers on the keys and did not check the calyx. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 
 

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Please identify these pics if possible. These are from area around Mumbai.


kindly upload this to e-flora India and help me to identify this Malvaceae sp.


Flower image appears like Hibiscus hirtus L.

The other image may be of some other species.


Both the images are of Hibiscus hirthus. Why the confusion?


I think the fruit images look different at Hibiscus hirtus


It is not Hibiscus hirtus, the leaf, fruit are not matching with H. hirtus.


The fruits in photos, belong to Thespesia lampas; leaves may belong to some other plant; the flower is Hibiscus hirtus.


Hibiscus micranthus as per Keys in Malvaceae of Southern Peninsular India: A Taxonomic Monograph (Flowers white- Hibiscus micranthus, Flowers red- Hibiscus hirtus)


Sorry. I think I got carried away by the colour of the flowers in the keys and did not check the calyx and other aspects. It is Hibiscus hirtus only. 

 


 
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Malvaceae Fortnight :: Hibiscus hirtus-(Orange) :: Nagpur :: PKAJUL10 :: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Seen this cultivated herb at Nagpur with Orange coloured flowers. Its white var. is very common in Sahyadri (Common name: Dupari).
Bot. name: Hibiscus hirtus.
Family: Malvaceae
Location: Nagpur

Date:21-10-2009


 

Dupari is that named after a botanical /medicinal garden called Dupari?

or is there a maharashtrian meaning to it?


 

 

 

Malvaceae week- Hibiscus hirtus-(Orange)- PKA4: Seen this cultivated herb at Nagpur with Orange coloured flowers. Its white var. is very common in Sahyadri (Common name: Dupari).
Bot. name: Hibiscus hirtus.
Family: Malvaceae
Location: Nagpur
Date:21-10-2009

Pretty petals look like rose petals


A slight hint of striated pink here:

Feb 3, 2008 in the vicinity of Kohoj fort, off Manor – Wada Road, Thane district.

good photo,, but m confused with name… it may be cv.


Nagpur (Cultivated var.)- 21-10-2009; Hibiscus hirtus?? – efloraofindia | Google Groups

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Is this a cultivar of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ? pl help to id. I saw this plant in my friend’s home garden in Madurai, TN.

Seems doubtful …, the staminal column appears antheriferous throughout.


Thanks …, it somewhat matches with the “mini orange” at http://www.flickr.com/photos/snonymous1/3561834113/in/photostream


This in Marathi is called as Dupari.


Please check for Hibiscus hirtus, commonly known as Lesser Mallow or Dupari in Marathi.
I have photographed the same in Nasik.

Can post my pictures if required.


I think … got it correct.


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01-10-2008 at Thiruvannamalai hill on the way to Skanda Ashram, in Chennai, India; at CEC at Goregaon East, Mumbai on 8th Nov 09; Virat nagar Forest Jaipur- 26.8.2009; Hibiscus hirtus_08NOV09_SSN_1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups Hibuscus Hirtus – indiantreepix | Google Groups ID-DKB176 – indiantreepix | Google Groups

  

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about hibiscus hirtus seeds : 2 posts by 2 authors.

please let me know the places where i can buy hibiscus hirtus seeds both lesser mallow orange and white.

they advertise themselves for hibiscus seeds. i have never used their services. i have no need for hibiscus seeds but one can always try

https://www.plant-world-seeds.com/store/flower_seed_categories/HIBISCUS_SEEDS


This is from Nidamanuru, Andhra Pradesh
Kindly confirm and oblige

Hibiscus praeteritus R. A. Dyer does not have any distribution in India as per Catalogue of Life;
This appears to be Hibiscus hirtus as per images and details herein.

Looks like garden plant. May be imported.


Yes, I have come across this plant in Chennai Garden.


This book A crc press book , page url lists several names In india CRC World Dictionary of Medicinal and Poisonous Plants: Common Names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Synonyms, and Etymology (5 Volume Set)

1st Edition
Umberto Quattrocchi
so it must be growing for several years at least to have so many ethnic names
besides its leaves are different and the flower size, color and the seedpod look different.
i go with Hibiscus praeteritus R. A. Dyer.
Catalogue of life may have mistakes,

I was about to ask same question as … has … why not Hibiscus hirtus ?


Keeping in mind drupe shape Hibiscus hirtus looks close.

Wild Flowers


Was it a wild or a garden plant ?


It is garden plant, not found in wild.

Please check again whether it is Hibiscus hirtus or Hibiscus praeteritus


I am taking it as Hibiscus hirtus as per images and details herein as I find no reports of Hibiscus praeteritus being cultivated in India.


Thanks … for finalising the ID.


I never had any doubts it being Hibiscus hirtus.

But in Feb 19 I had the occaision to see white variants on parched hills of Bhaje (Home to Popular Bhaje Buddhist caves) near Lonavala MH and it confused me for a very long time, mainly because flowers were borne on leafless stems ! With leaves on, comprehensive image makes the identification easier.

 

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