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[hI bis'kus] a genus of about 200-220 species of flowering plants native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world
The genus Hibiscus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, woody shrubs, and small trees. The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, measuring up to 6 inches across. In the wild, hibiscus flowers range in color from white to brilliant red, purple or yellow. The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule splits open at maturity.
Species and Varieties
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