Australian Native Plants

  Hibiscus insularis (Philip Island Hibiscus)


Hibiscus insularis photo
Hibiscus insularis, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Hibiscus insularis in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Philip Island Hibiscus

Description
The Philip Island Hibiscus (Hibiscus insularis) is listed as Critically Endangered under Australian federal legislation. It is found only on Phillip Island near Norfolk Island where the entire population of the plant is just two small clumps. It flowers throughout most of the year producing yellow green flowers that fade to mauve. The plant has been introduced to cultivation, increasing the number of plants.

Height
1.5m - 2m

Propagation
usually propagated by cuttings

Distribution
endemic to Phillip Island, a small island to the south of Norfolk Island. (not to be confused with Phillip Island off Victoria).

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Malvales
Family:Malvaceae
Genus:Hibiscus
Species:insularis
Common Name:Philip Island Hibiscus


Relatives in same Genus
  Hibiscus diversifolius