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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (chinese hibiscus; shoebackplant)


Wikipedia Abstract

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, known colloquially as Chinese hibiscus, China rose, Hawaiian hibiscus, and shoeblackplant, is a species of tropical hibiscus, a flowering plant in the Hibisceae tribe of the family Malvaceae, native to East Asia.
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Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
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Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [2]  Evergreen
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Structure [2]  Shrub
Usage [2]  The juice from the petals is used in China as shoe-blacking and mascara; A dye is made from the petals; A good quality fibre is obtained from the stems; In warm sub-tropical areas the fibres can be up to 3 metres long, but in Britain they are likely to be much shorter. The fibre is used for coarse fabrics, nets and paper; Plants are often used for hedges and screens, though since they are not very cold hardy they are not suitable for this use in Britain;
Height [2]  8.2 feet (2.5 m)
Width [2]  8.2 feet (2.5 m)
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Protected Areas

Emblem of




Caribbean; North America;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Notes on Feeding and Breeding Habits of the Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica (Cinnyris asiaticus) in Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Southern Iran, TAHER GHADIRIAN, ALI T. QASHQAEI & MOHSEN DADRAS, Podoces, 2007, 2(2): 122–126
8New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Plant-SyNZ™ database
9{Structural and Taxonomic Components of Habitat Selection in the Neotropical Folivore Lamponius portoricensis (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae), Michael R. Willig, Elizabeth A. Sandlin and Michael R. Gannon, Environmental Entomology Vol. 22, no. 3, pp. 634-641 (June 1993)
10Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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