Latinised form of the Maori name for this plant.
Trees or shrubs often with star-shaped hairs on young parts. Leaves alternate, simple; stipules absent. Flowers solitary or in axillary or sometimes terminal clusters. Sepals 5, fused at the base. Petals mostly 5, usually notched at the tip. Staminal column generally with the filaments arranged towards the tip into 5 bundles. Carpels 5-15 surrounding a central axis, each with 1 ovule.
Tree with strongly toothed leaves and white flowers.
6 species endemic to New Zealand.
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.