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Malvaceae
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L 'Storckii Cream'

Verified by: Temperate sect. 22 May 2013
Notes: Verified with Smith, A.C. 1981 'Flora Vitiensis Vol. 2'. Hibiscus sect. Lilibiscus. Flowers cream-yellow with dark reddish centre. Petals obovate. Leaves entire, glabrous, leathery. Base of the leaf rachis unconspicuous. Calyx deeply lobed but often adnate, epicalyx almost as long as calyx. H. storckii is part of H. rosa sinensis complex of species, the origin of the 'species' are not know and could be due to the aborigene or early European colonisation. The 8 'species' (arnottianus, kokio, schizopetalus, genevii, fragilis, liliiflorus, storckii and rosa-sinensis) are growing along the early European shipping trade route (Fiji, Mauritius, Madagascar, Hawaii and China). Very few of these 'species' are seen grown in the wild and mostly classified as extinct. Some Floras do recognise them as distinct species like Flore des Mascareignes but Flora Vitiensis considers H. storckii as a synonym of H. rosa sinensis. The fact that there is a pink and a cream form would maybe show this is of cultivated origin. H. storckii is possibly the less distinct 'species' of all 8. Also this is not a form a plant collected on Fiji island, origin of this accession is unknown.
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Field notes: Plants with cream flowers, were originally grwon as 345.72.03318, which now refers to the pink-flowered plants only.

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epicalyx epicalyx

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staminal column staminal column

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ovary surface ovary surface ovary cross section ovary cross section petiole petiole
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