Fryx. & Hashmi, Bot. Gaz. 132:62 (1971).
Synonymy: Hibiscus farragei F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 8:241 (1874).
Common name: Desert (rose) mallow, bush (or knobby) hibiscus.
Shrub often c. 1 m high, with stout annual stems from the woody base; leaves petiolate, suborbicular or broad-ovate, cordate at the base, broadly toothed, shallowly palmately lobed or not, green above, whitish below, 4-15 cm diam..
Involucral segments spathulate, with spreading tips, obtuse, much longer than the fused portion of the epicalyx; sepals 10-18 mm long, a little longer than the epicalyx, the lobes lanceolate, expanding distally into obtuse spreading tips; petals purplish, 4-5 cm long.
Capsule densely stellate-tomentose.
||Radyera farragei leaf, 2 views of the gynoceium and stamens, fruit and seed.
Image source: fig 439g in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 479; Erickson et al. (1973) Flowers and plants of Western Australia, fig. 434.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP.
Flowering time: in all months.
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