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Photo by Bill Hagblom.

Author: Elmer Drew Merrill, 1924
Origin China, Northern Australia
Soil:  Rich-Mix
Water:  Medium-Maximum
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 centimetres
Height:  30 centimetres (2 meters)
Flower:  White, Pale Yellow to Dark Pink
Propagate Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Hibiscus, Native Rosella, Creeping Pink Swamp Hibiscus
Synonyms:  Hibiscus sagittifolius, Kurz, 1871. Abelmoschus coccineus S.Y. Hu, 1955. Abelmoschus esquirolii,  S.Y. Hu, 1955. Hibiscus bellicosus H. LÚv. 1914. Hibiscus bodinieri var. brevicalyculata H. LÚv. 1913. Hibiscus esquirolii H. LÚv. 1913. Hibiscus longifolius var. tuberosus Span. 1841. Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus, Borss. Waalk. 1966. 

This member of the Malvaceae family was this name by Elmer Drew Merrill in 1924. It is found in China and Northern Australia, growing in a rich but drained soil with some to lots of water and some sun. It will grow up to 30 centimetres in height, with two meters long vines, and the tubers will get up to five centimetres thick. The flowers are white over pale yellow to dark pink.

The genera name after Persian abu'l-mishk; 'father to musk', probably due to the smell of the seeds. The species name means 'arrow-formed leaves'.

Photo by Bill Hagblom.