Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


684

Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon in Piedmont)

Look for it in freshwater marshes, exposed riverbanks, sandbars, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Pink
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 solitary in upper leaf axils

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 laevis   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hibiscus laevis   FAMILY Malvaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 122-08-003:
Hibiscus militaris   FAMILY Malvaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Halberd-leaved Marsh-mallow, Rose Hibiscus, Smooth Rose-mallow, Showy Hibiscus


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_hila2_005_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_himi2_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_laevis_28

July        

Stigmas 5, capitate, styles free near apex, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_hibiscus_laevis_a

July        

Halberdleaf Rosemallow takes its common name from its distinctive leaves, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis

John B. Nelson    jbn_2749295785_e15b35767a

August    Dorchester County    SC

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John B. Nelson    jbn_3684427386_8d650c5925

August    Colleton County    SC

Flowers have 5 pink or pale pink, 2-2.5" petals with a deep pink base, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis

John B. Nelson    jbn_237241145_0e7492866e

September        

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JK Marlow    jkm160915_130

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Leaves w a sharp-pointed tip & basal lobes nearly at right angles to midrib, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Hibiscus laevis

JK Marlow    jkm160915_131

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Calyx lobes broadly triangular, surfaces glabrous. Bractlets linear-subulate, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm160915_132

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island Native Plant Nursery

Pedicels jointed distally. Calyx divided 1/3-1/2 length, per Flora of North America.