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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to Namibia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Malvaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial herb up to 1·5 m. tall; stems tomentose, sparsely setose and often somewhat glandular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina up to 10 (15) × 7 (12) cm., lanceolate to suborbicular in outline, rarely not lobed, usually 3–5-lobed, palmatifid or palmatisect, central lobe or segment usually much the longest, tomentose and setose on both surfaces, apex acute, margin crenate to serrate, base cordate; petiole up to 10 cm. long; stipules up to 10 mm. long, filiform to narrowly linear.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers up to 8 cm. in diam., yellow with dark purple or red centre, solitary, axillary, forming terminal racemes by reduction of the upper leaves; peduncle up to 3 cm., long, tomentose, articulated from near the middle to almost at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Epicalyx
Epicalyx of 7–9 bracts; bracts up to 8 mm. long, filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx up to 15 mm. long, tomentose and setulose outside, appressed-pilose within; lobes ovate to triangular, joined at the base for 5–7 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals up to 4 × 3·5 cm., obliquely obovate, tomentose outside where not overlapped, glabrous inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Staminal tube c. 20 mm. long; free parts of filaments 1–1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style-branches 1·5–2 mm. long (perhaps immature).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule up to 10 mm. in diam., broadly ellipsoid to subglobose, tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 × 2 mm., angular-subreniform, sparsely lepidote.

Native to:

Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe

Hibiscus kirkii Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1960 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000240793 Unknown type material
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000240676

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 199 (1868)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0