Hibiscus obtusilobus Garcke, Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 7: 837 1849. (Syn: Hibiscus amblyocarpus Hochst. ex Webb; Hibiscus laguneoides Edgew.; Hibiscus punctatus Dalzell);
India (Indian Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra), Pakistan (Sind,
Baluchistan, Pakistani Punjab), Mauritania, Niger, SE-Ethiopia, NE-Kenya, Sudan as per Catalogue of Life;
Erect annual or undershrubs, about 0.3-1 m tall. Stems woody, branches pubescent with stellate hairs. Leaves alternate, broadly ovate to orbicular, about 2.5-10 x 1.5-6 cm across, base cordate to truncate, 5-7 veined, midrib usually with obscure nectarines, entire or 3 lobed, margins crenate-undulate to coarsely serrate, middle lobe apex longer, stellate hairy both above and beneath, petiole stellate hairy, about 1-7 cm long, stipules linear lanceolate, about 4-8 mm long. Inflorescence usually axillary, solitary, or in terminal subpanicles, by the reduction of the upper leaves. Flowers bisexual, pedicel slender, stiff stellate hairy and tubercled hairy, jointed near apex, about 1.5-6.5 cm long, epicalyx 8-10, base slightly connate, about 5 mm long, calyx 5 lobed, distinctly nerved, campanulate, lobes deltoid-lanceolate, base connate, apex acute to acuminate, valvate, sometimes with nectarines, persistent, densely stellate tomentose, about 1 x 0.3 mm across, corolla showy and large, yellow, white, pink, campanulate. Staminal column usually shorter or almost as long petals, base wide, filaments apex truncate or 5-dentate, anthers basifixed, throughout or in the upper half. Ovary superior, 5 locular, axile placentation. Fruit capsule, globose-cylindrical, about 1 cm across, apex acute, dehiscing loculicidally, densely stellate pubescent. Seeds reniform or subglobose, about 2 mm across, muricated, brownish black.
Scrub and deciduous forests.
Asia: India: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Pakistan; Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria.
(Attributions- Ganeshaiah, K. N., UAS, Bangalore, India. Kailash, B. R., ATREE, Bangalore, India. Royal Norwegian Embassy grants. Indian Bioresource Information Network (IBIN), Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Malvaceae: I’d confirm pls : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 1 mb and 3 mb.
Attachments (2) – 2 mb and 3 mb.
These photographs (IMG20180920172318.jpg, IMG20180920172408.jpg, IMG20180920172458.jpg, IMG20180920172546.jpg) appear to be of Hibiscus obtusilobus Garcke [Malvaceae].
The epicalyx is absent in Hibiscus lobatus (Murray) Kuntze. However, the attached photographs depict a conspicuous epicalyx.
Hence, H. lobatus (Murray) Kuntze (as suggested by …) can be safely ruled out.