Hibiscus schizopetalus (Mast.) Hook.f.

Evergreen shrub. Leaves alternate, ovate to elliptic to about 6 cm long hairless; margin saw-toothed, mostly in upper half. Leaf stalks to c.2.5cm long. Flowers solitary on stalks mostly 10-15 cm long. Epicalyx of 5-8 short bracts to about 2 mm long. Petals bent back, to 5 cm long and finely divided, red with pink veins. Staminal column much longer than the petals, thin, dark purple; summer to autumn.

E Tropical Africa

A highly ornamental species that has been used in breeding experiments with Hawaiian species, also H. rosa-sinensis to produce a range of cultivars with variously divided petals.

Source: Beers, L.; Spencer, R. (1997). Hibiscus. In: Spencer, R.. 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.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Hibiscus L.