Malvaceae Week: Hibiscus surrattensis from TopSlip (MW-AR01)

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raghu ananth

Sep 8, 2011, 1:10:13 AM9/8/11
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Malvaceae Week: Hibiscus surrattensis from TopSlip (MW-AR01) 

Hibiscus Surrattensis
Bush Sorrel
Family -Malvaceae 

Gurcharan Singh

Sep 8, 2011, 8:01:22 AM9/8/11
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Thanks Ragjhu ji
I was waiting to see this, especially because of confusion in H. furcatus status now.

Hibiscus furcatus Wall. is the synonym of H. surattensis L., a name used in FBI and still holding true (fork has one spoon shaped appendage and one small erect linear branch; stipules large leafy ear-shaped; leaves 3-5-fid)

Hibiscus furcatus Roxb. described in FBI  and now correctly known as H. hispidissimus Griff. (both forks linear; stipules lanceolate-oblong; leaves entire or 3-lobed)

Hibiscus furcatus Willd., a synonym of  Hibiscus rostellatus Guill. & Perr. an African plant not found in India

Other expected species in India, cultivated or naturalised from this group (forked epicalyx segments) include.

Hibiscus radiatus Willd. epicalyx 8-10, with linear fork segments, stipules linear; leaves deeply 3-5 lobed.

Hibiscus acetosella: epicalyx 9-10, apically forked, leaves irregularly 3-5 lobed.

Hibiscus cannabinus looks similar to above two species but is distinct in deeply 3-7-parted leaves and importantly with epicalyx segments not being forked.

Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
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Balkar Arya

Sep 8, 2011, 11:31:55 AM9/8/11
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Gorgeous catch Raghu ji Thanks for Sharing  and Thanks to Gurcharan Ji for adding details about other sp also

Dr Balkar Singh
Head, Deptt. of Botany and Biotechnology
Arya P G College, Panipat

Dinesh Valke

Sep 8, 2011, 12:06:29 PM9/8/11
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... many thanks Raghu ji for showing the artistic sepals; many thanks Gurcharan ji for the brief keys.

J.M. Garg

Feb 15, 2018, 5:17:58 AM2/15/18
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Does not matches with images at Hibiscus surattensis
Leaves and stipules can not be seen, which are diagnostic.
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J.M. Garg

Feb 15, 2018, 5:20:39 AM2/15/18
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Lalithamba Avadhanam

Feb 15, 2018, 6:38:44 AM2/15/18
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Yes I agree with you; the prickles on the second image are indicative of H.hispidissimus

J.M. Garg

Feb 15, 2018, 8:14:56 AM2/15/18
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Thanks, Lalithamba ji
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