On the International Hibiscus Society Home page, it is noted that although Hibiscus rosa sinensis, tropical hibiscus, is the group of preference for most of us, we welcome those with an interest in other members of this vast and diverse family.

The International Hibiscus Society has members throughout the world who grow and enjoy a range of hibiscus species and hibiscus-like species.

The International Hibiscus Society wishes to thank Colleen and Geoff Keena for their guidance, photos and other valuable contributions in making the Species Library Section of the Global Hibiscus Library the reality it is today.

We also welcome other members and affiliates who are just as familiar with hibiscus species to contribute photos and information by contacting the Chair of the IHS Website Committee, Mr. Dick Johnson, or the IHS Webmaster, Mr. Joseph Dimino.

Information on this section of the IHS website is as follows:

Database of Hibiscus Species
Links to material on species published in Hibiscus International
Links to other sites with information on species

The International Hibiscus Society hopes that you enjoy the information on species available on this site. Some of these species are grown for their aesthetic value, with the red foliage of Hibiscus acetosella combining well with other hibiscus plants. Other species are grown because they are useful, for example, Hibiscus sabdariffa is used to make drinks and jam.

 

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LINKS TO MATERIAL ON SPECIES ALREADY PUBLISHED IN
HIBISCUS INTERNATIONAL


i. MARVELLOUS MALLOWS

The journal of the International Hibiscus Society, Hibiscus International, has carried a series on Malvacaeae species, called MARVELLOUS MALLOWS. 'Mallows' refers to any member of the Malvaceae family, e.g. Abelmoschus, Abutilon, Alyogyne, Gossypium, Hibiscus, Lavatera, Pavonia, Thespesia.

These articles contain more detailed information than is shown in the DATABASE.

This series has been compiled by IHS members Colleen Keena from Queensland, Australia, Kristin Yanker-Hansen from California, USA and Marcos Capelini from São Paulo, Brazil.

The following list is in the order in which the articles appeared.

Alyogyne huegelii
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n5-1.htm#3
Pavonia hastata
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n6-1.htm#3

Abelmoschus manihot
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n7-1.htm#3
Hibiscus sabdariffa
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n8-1.htm#3
The California Lavateras and Their Hybrids
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n9-1.htm#6
Hibiscus tiliaceus NOTE: this species is now called Talipariti tiliaceum
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n10-1.htm#3
Hibiscus schizopetalus
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n11-1.htm#3
Thespesia populnea
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n12-1.htm#4
Perennial Hibiscus
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n13-2.htm#5
Australian Native Hibiscus Introduction
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n14-1.htm#4
Australian Native Hibiscus Photo Gallery Part 1
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n15-2.htm#8

Australian Native Hibiscus Photo Gallery Part 2
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n16P2.htm#10
Hibiscus arnottianus

http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n16P2.htm#12

ii. OTHER ARTICLES ON SPECIES FROM HIBISCUS INTERNATIONAL

Hibiscus and the Philippines (Carlos C. Quirino Jr.)
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n9-1.htm#3
Hibiscus and the Philippines, Part 2 (Carlos C. Quirino Jr.)
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n13-2.htm#6
"Botanizing with Mallows Aforethought"
http://www.internationalhibiscussociety.org/hiv1n14-2.htm#5

iii. COMING SOON

HIBISCUS SECTIONS AND SEGREGATES Stewart Robert Hinsley has written for Hibiscus International on the sections of hibiscus.

Stewart notes that as originally conceived by Linnaeus, the genus Hibiscus encompassed all the capsular-fruit "mallows", except for the cottons. Since his day the various species have become better known, and the number of species known has increased greatly. The genus has been divided into sections and groups of species with distinctive flower or fruit characteristics have been separated out (segregated) as new genera. Some plants related to Hibiscus, and discovered in subsequent years, have been placed in separate genera from the beginning. Other plants, originally placed in Hibiscus, have turned out to belong elsewhere; for example, Hibiscus populneus is now Thespesia populnea, and belongs in the group of genera clustered around Gossypium (cotton).

This detailed article is to be published in a forthcoming issue of Hibiscus. The article includes images and information on ten of the sections of Hibiscus International.

Section Lilibiscus, Section Hibiscus, Section Venusti,
Section Muenchhusia, Section Furcaria, Section Bombicella,
Section Calyphylii, Section Trionum, Section Ketmia,
and Section Spatula.




LINKS TO OTHER SITES WITH INFORMATION ON SPECIES


i. TO THE MALVACEAE INFO BY STEWART ROBERT HINSLEY

The Malvaceae Pages
http://www.malvaceae.info/
The Alyogyne Page
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Alyogyne/Alyogyne.html
The Howittia Page
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Howittia/Howittia.html
The Lagunaria Page
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Lagunaria/Lagunaria.html
The Lavatera Pages
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Lavatera/Lavatera.html
The Macrostelia Page
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Macrostelia/Macrostelia.html
The Malva Pages
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Malva/Malva.html
The Radyera Page
http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Radyera/Radyera.html

ii. LINKS TO AUSTRALIAN SPECIES OF MALVACEAE

Hibiscus heterophyllus
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/hheterophyllus.php
This is a widespread hardy species and the petals from this plant make tasty jam. See CULINARY BELOW

Hibiscus heterophyllus and Hibiscus divaricatus
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/hheterophyllus-hdivaricatus.php
A comparison of these two species.

Hibiscus splendens
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/hsplendens.php
Hibiscus diversifolius
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/hdiversifolius.php
Hibiscus trionum
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/htrionum.php
Abutilon auritum
http://www.hibiscus.org/species/aauritum.php

iii. LINKS TO MALVACEAE IN BRAZIL

Marcos Capelini
http://www.mcapel.hpg.ig.com.br/galls/
http://www.mcapel.hpg.ig.com.br/galls/malvaceae/index_eng.html

iv. HIBISCUS WEB.DE
http://www.hibiscusweb.de/
http://www.hibiscusweb.de/englisch/haupt.htm

v. LINKS TO MALVACEAE OF USA
Georgia Bost
http://bostx.com/hhappco/species_and_hhhybrids.html
Species
http://bostx.com/hhappco/species.html
Hybrids
http://bostx.com/hhappco/hhhybrids.html


vi. LINKS TO OTHER ARTICLES ON SPECIES: CULINARY
http://www.hibiscus.org/culinary.php
BLOOMS ON THE MENU
http://www.hibiscus.org/culinaryexisting.php
TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT
http://www.hibiscus.org/toeat.php
RECIPES AND REMEDIES INCLUDING HIBISCUS SABDARIFFA RECIPES
http://www.hibiscus.org/recipes.php