Evergreen shrub or small tree with prickly stems. Leaves ovate or with 3-5 lobes, c. 6-15 cm long with glands on the lower leaf surface at the base of the midrib. Flowers solitary, axillary, white to yellow or pink with a purple basal spot; mostly autumn. Flower stalk jointed at the base of the flower.
Leaves with basal glands below; flowers white, yellow or pink, stalk jointed at the base cf. H. splendens.
Source: (1997). Hibiscus. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.