Shrubs or small trees. Leaves simple, palmate. Flowers in more or less flattened clusters in the axils of the upper leaves. Petals red to mauve. Epicalyx of 3 bracts, free or united at the base. Fruit a schizocarp with up to 60 parts.
Seeds or cuttings.
Flowers deep reddish-purple, petals spreading.
8 species from C America (1 West Indies).
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.