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Habit Trees 3–8 m.

petiole commonly subequal to blade, with pubescence like stem;

stipules sessile, oblong-lanceolate, 15–40 × 8–14 mm;

blade discolorous, palmately 7–9-veined, mostly 6–13 cm, coriaceous, apex short-acuminate, surfaces minutely and densely stellate-hairy or nearly glabrous abaxially.


flowers sometimes aggregated distally with reduced leaves;

involucel cupuliform.


minutely stellate-hairy;

involucellar bractlets connate.


calyx deeply divided, 1.5–2 cm, lobes not gland-dotted, densely stellate-hairy, with nectary on each midrib;

staminal column pallid, apically 5-dentate, glabrous;

style emergent from staminal column;

stigmas 5.


5-locular, 1.5–2 × 1.5–2 cm, subequal to calyx, antrorsely hairy, hairs yellowish or brownish.


4 mm, minutely papillate.

Hibiscus tiliaceus

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Mexico; Central America; South America; West Indies; Asia [Introduced, Fla.]
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Varieties 2 (2 in the flora).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

1. Corollas yellow with prominent red center; stipule scars nearly straight or slightly curved; epidermis of involucel and stipules visible through pubescence.
T. tiliaceum var. tiliaceum
1. Corollas yellow without red center; stipule scars markedly curved; epidermis of involucel and stipules obscured by pubescence.
T. tiliaceum var. pernambucense
Source FNA vol. 6, p. 370.
Parent taxa Malvaceae > subfam. Malvoideae > Talipariti
Subordinate taxa
T. tiliaceum var. pernambucense, T. tiliaceum var. tiliaceum
Synonyms Hibiscus tiliaceus, Pariti tiliaceum
Name authority (Linnaeus) Fryxell: Contr. Univ. Michigan Herb. 23: 258. (2001)
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