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Hibiscus macilwraithensis


Hibiscus macilwraithensis (Fryxell) Craven & B.E.Pfeil

Family Name: Malvaceae


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Shrub


Native Distribution Endemic to Cape York Peninsular, Australia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical, Sub-Tropical / Monsoonal

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Shrub to 4m tall
Foliage Leaves to 17cm long by 5cm wide, rough papery, with stellate hairs.
Flowers Calyx tubular, with stellate hairs on the surface. Petals white to pale cream.
Etymology Named after the McIlwraith Range in Queensland, where the specimen was first collected.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens, Container Planting

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
Pest(s) Chewing Insects, Sucking Insects
Propagation Method Seed


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Papery, Rough

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White, White
Flower Texture(s) Thin

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Master ID 31311
Species ID 5708
Species record last updated on: 31 January 2023.