Spider Hibiscus (Fijian: Senitoa)

Hibiscus schizopetalus (Malvaceae)

Characteristics

Shrub, growing up to 3 m. Flowers red or pink, very distinctive in their frilly, finely divided petals. Leaves resemble those of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis (#55 plant tour).

Distribution

Native to tropical eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Mosambique). Today, widespread as ornamental plant in tropical and subtropical gardens and parks.

Natural Medical Properties

No known.

Did you know?

In Fijian, the word “Senitoa” is used for Hibiscus flowers in general.

Further reading:

Literature

World Flora Online
WorldChecklist of Selected Plant Families
A working list of all plant species