Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Hibiscus krichauffianus F.Muell.

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Herbarium specimen. © DERM

Mueller, F.J.H. von (1859) Report on the Plants Collected During Mr. Babbage's Expedition into the North West Interior of South Australia in 1858 : 7. Type: not cited.

Common name

Velvet-leaf hibiscus; Hibiscus, Velvet leaf


Much branched subshrub up to 30 cm tall. Young leafy stems densely clothed in golden stellate hairs, rest of plant with a grey velvety indumentum.


Leaf blades about 15-35 x 10-18 mm, petioles about 5-10 mm long, densely clothed in pale to golden stellate hairs. Both the upper and lower surfaces of the leaf blade clothed in stellate hairs. Marginal teeth large, serrate to dentate.


Peduncles usually < 1 cm long, bracteoles shorter than the calyx; epicalyx segments 6-8, linear-subulate, calyx very tomentose, linear-subulate, 9-12 x 0.5 mm, shortly united at the base or free. Calyx lobes long-acuminate, 10-15 mm long. Corolla 2-3 cm long, pink or purple.Stamens fused to form a staminal tube.


Capsule globose, 8-10 mm long. Seeds lightly pubescent.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and inland areas of Australia. Altitudinal range from 100-560 m. Grows in rainforest margins, deciduous vine thicket, Acacia forest, various types of woodland, scrub, shrubland and grassland.

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