Hibiscus heterophyllus subsp. heterophyllus, Fam. Malvaceae
A shrub to small tree from 2 to 6 metres. Aborigines used the white, strong and fine fibre to make dilly-bags. They also use many components of the plant as a food source.
|Form or habit:||Shrub or small tree|
Alternate, simple or three lobed; margins are finely toothed. The leaves and stems are somewhat prickly hairy.
|Flower description:||The flowers are large and showy up to 15cm in diameter. Petals are yellow, white or pink with maroon centres. Yellow being the most common in this region. The flowers normally open about mid-morning and close by mid-afternoon.|
|Fruit description:||The fruit are rosella-like, 5 valved capsules containing dark brown seeds.|
|Habitat:||Gallery (Riverine or riparian) forest,Woodland/ open forest|
|Distribution||Eastern Queensland and New South Wales and the Northern Territory.|
|Food source for:||Early settlers used the fruits to make ‘rosella’ jam. Attracts many species of insects: larval food plant for some moth species.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|