Savanna Hibiscus

Hibiscus flavifolius

Hibiscus flavifolius from Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

An abundant plant on heavily grazed savanna in Kajiado, Kenya, Africa. Dec. 2014.

SHRUB: A tall narrow shrubby plant less than 2 meters tall.

FLOWERS: Five snow-white petals are spread widely. The stamen column is bright orange and very conspicuous.

LEAVES: The leaves are deltoid in shape with loosely toothed margins and a dense covering of short pubescence.

RANGE: Apparently distasteful to ungulates and therefore common on grasslands where grazers are in abundance. Otherwise this species seems to have a restricted range in Kenya and Tanzania.

FRUIT:

UNARMED: No thorns.

Malvaceae -- Mallow Family

More Information:


Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 6 July 2015