Hibiscus tilliaceus, Fam. Malvaceae
A small to medium spreading tree of the seashore and saline estuaries. It often has low interlaced branches which form a barrier to the beach. A useful tree for beach-side plantings as it is salt spray tolerant and may be pruned to shape. The close-grained timber is easily worked and takes a good polish.
|Form or habit:||Tree|
Long-stalked, broadly heart-shaped, about 16 x 18cm, palmately veined, dark green above and greyish beneath due to a covering of light-coloured star-hairs.
|Flower description:||The large yellow, five petalled flowers with maroon centers, usually turn reddish before falling.|
|Fruit description:||Hairy, five valved rosella-like capsules, about 2cm in diameter, enclosed within persistent calyx lobes and containing numerous small dark, wedge shaped seeds.|
|Habitat:||Beach Scrub/Littoral Rainforest,Mangroves,Wetland,Saltmarsh,Beach strand/ coastal dune|
|Distribution||Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales south to Port Macquarie. Also South East Asia.|
|Food source for:||Main food plant of the sap sucking Hibiscus Harlequin Bug.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||The Mackay Branch Society for Growing Australian Plants. (1989) One Hundred and One Trees of Mackay.,Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|