Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in NC)

Look for it in pine savannas, dry sandy or loamy soils of maritime forest edges, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Cream turning yellowish then pink (with a crimson center)
5 sepals united at base or more than half their length
5 petals united at base
Stamens united to form a staminal column surrounding ovary and styles
Superior ovary
Flowers in leafy-bracteate racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Malvales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 122-08-004:
Hibiscus aculeatus   FAMILY Malvaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Savanna Hibiscus, Comfort-root


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JK Marlow    jkm090718_015b

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

Corolla cream-colored, turning deeper yellow, then finally pink, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_015c

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Calyx lobes triangular-lanceolate, with long stiff pustulate-based trichomes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_020

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

Flowers in leafy bracteate racemes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_024

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_030

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_035

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

Extended crimson stamen column topped by a pistil with a 5-parted stigma, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

JK Marlow    jkm090718_036

July    Williamsburg County    SC

Roadside

Corolla with a purple center, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_aculeatus

July        

image of Hibiscus aculeatus

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_aculeatus_9

July        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_aculeatus_25

September