The Chinese Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is a tropical flowering, evergeen plant in the Malvaceae family of mallow plants. It is also known as the China Rose, Rose Mallow, Hawaiian Hibiscus, and the Shoeblack Plant.
It is native to Vanuatu.
It grows to 2-4 metres (7-13 feet) tall.
The branches are thin and grey. The leaves are green or yellowish-green and about 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) long.
The Chinese Hibiscus flower is large, showy, and trumpet-shaped with five petals and prominent orange-tipped red anthers. The flower is red and about 10 centimetres (4 inches) in diameter.
The flower is short-lived, lasting only a day, although there are numerous flowers on each plant.
The Hibiscus blooms in summer and autumn.
Photographed in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2018.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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