Hibiscus cannabinus

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Hibiscus cannabinus L.
  • Hibiscus is actually derived from an ancient Greek word ebiskos which was used by Dioscorides for the marsh mallow.

  • Common Name : Deccan Hemp, Ambadi, Bhindi Ambodi
  • Plant Family : Malvaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 14, 16

About Hibiscus cannabinus Plant :

  • Habit : A prickly shrub having branched tap root system.
  • Leaves : Broad, cordate, upper lobed, serrate.
  • Inflorescence : Solitary axillary.
  • Flowers :
    • Yellow.Epicalyx of 7-10 free, bracts with prickly margins.
    • Calyx 1 inch long, prickly, with a gland at the base of each lobe.
    • Corolla yellow with purple centre.
  • Fruit : Capsules ovoid, beaked, hairy.Seeds large, brown with minute scales.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : December-January
  • Significance : Extensively cultivated plant.