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False Roselle
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Hibiscus
Species: H. acetosella
Binomial name
Hibiscus acetosella
Welw. ex Hiern.

False Roselle (Hibiscus acetosella) has red leaves reminiscent of a Japanese maple. The flowers, which are open only a day, are used in salads. Young leaves can be added to salads or chopped and used in stir fries. Note the leaves are NOT sweet. A close relative, Hibiscus sabdariffa, the true Roselle, is also called the Cranberry Hibiscus. Its fat calyces are used from Florida to South America to make a tart cranberry-like flavored drink.

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Hibiscus acetosella


Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

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Cladus: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiospermae
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids II
Ordo: Malvales
Familia: Malvaceae
Subfamilia: Malvoideae
Genus: Hibiscus
Species: Hibiscus acetosella


Hibiscus acetosella Welw. ex Hiern


  • Catalogue of the African Plants collected by Dr. F. Welwitsch in 1853-61... 1:73. 1896 (Welw. ex Ficalho, Bol. Soc. Geogr. Lisb. 2:608. 1881, nom. nud.)
  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]
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