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Hibiscus mutabilis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Hibiscus
Species: H. mutabilis
Binomial name
Hibiscus mutabilis
L.

Hibiscus mutabilis, also known as the Confederate rose or the cotton rosemallow, is a plant noted for its flowers.

Confederate roses tend to be shrubby or treelike in Zones 9 and 10, though it behaves more like a perennial further north. Flowers can be double or single and are 4 to 6 inches in diameter; they open white or pink, and change to deep red by evening. The 'Rubra' variety has red flowers. Single blooming flowers are generally cup-shaped. Bloom season usually lasts from summer through fall. Propagation by cuttings root easiest in early spring, but cuttings can be taken at almost any time. When it does not freeze, the Confederate rose can reach heights of 15 to 18 feet with a woody trunk; however, a much bushier, 5 or 6 feet plant is more typical and provides more flowering. These plants have a very fast growth rate. The Confederate rose was at one time very common in the area of the Confederate States of America, which is how its common name was derived. It grows well in full sun or partial shade, and prefers rich, well-drained soil.[1]

Uses

Leaves and flowers of H. mutabilis are emollient and cooling, and are used to treat swellings and skin infections (Dasuki, 2001). Mucilage from flowers and leaves is used by midwives to facilitate delivery during labour.

Floral colour change

Flowers are white in the morning, turning pink during noon and red in the evening of the same day. Under laboratory conditions, colour change of petals was slower than that of flowers under outdoor conditions (Wong et al., 2009). Temperature may be an important factor affecting the rate of colour change as white flowers kept in the refrigerator remain white until they are taken out to warm, whereupon they slowly turn pink (Ng, 2006).

The red flowers remain on plants for several days before they abort (Wong et al., 2009). Weight of a single detached flower was 15.6 g when white, 12.7 g when pink and 11.0 g when red. Anthocyanin content of red flowers was 3 times that of pink flowers and 8 times that of white flowers. There was a significant increase in phenolic content with colour change. Overall ranking of AOP of H. mutabilis flowers was red > pink > white.

Subramanian and Nair (1970) postulated that anthocyanins in pink and red flowers of H. mutabilis are synthesized independently since there is no reduction in phenolic content. However, Lowry (1976) suggested that anthocyanins are formed through direct conversion from flavonols as they have structural similarities.

References

  1. ^ William C. Welch: "Hardy Hibiscus", Texas A&M University

References

Dasuki, U.A. (2001). Hibiscus. In: van Valkenburg, J.L.C.H., Bunyapraphatsara, N. (Eds). Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 12(2): Medicinal and poisonous plants 2. Backhuys Publisher, Leiden, Netherlands, p. 297–303.

Lowry, J.B. (1976). “Floral anthocyanins of some Malesian Hibiscus species”. Phytochemistry 15: 1395–1396.

Ng, F.S.P. (2006). “Tropical Horticulture and Gardening”. Clearwater Publications, Kuala Lumpur, 361 p., ISBN: 983-42954-0-5.

Subramanian, S.S., Nair, A.G.R. (1970). “A note on the colour change of the flowers of Hibiscus mutabilis”. Current Science 39 (14): 323–324.

Wong, S.K., Lim, Y.Y., Chan, E.W.C. (2009). “Antioxidant properties of Hibiscus: species variation, altitudinal change, coastal influence and floral colour change”. Journal of Tropical Forest Science 21 (4): 307–315. http://info.frim.gov.my/cfdocs/infocenter_application/jtfsonline/jtfs/V21n4/307-315.pdf.

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Wikispecies

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Hibiscus mutabilis

Taxonavigation

Classification System: APG II (down to family level)

Main Page
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 mutabilis

Name

Hibiscus mutabilis L., Sp. Pl. 2: 694. 1753.

Synonyms

Homotypic
  • Abelmoschus mutabilis (L.) Wall. ex Hassk., Cat. Hort. Bot. Bogor. (Hasskarl) 198. 1844.
  • Ketmia mutabilis Moench, Methodus (Moench) 617. 1794.
Heterotypic
  • Abelmoschus venustus Walp., Repert. Bot. Syst. (Walpers) 1. 309. 1842.
  • ?Hibiscus aestuans Wall., Numer. List [Wallich] n. 1908 E., nom. inval.
  • Hibiscus aestuans Rottler ex Masters, Fl. Brit. India [J. D. Hooker] i. 845. 1849.
  • Hibiscus immutabilis Dehnh., Memor. Sopr. Alc. Plant. 4; ex Walp. Rep. i. 307. 1836.
  • Hibiscus malvarosa Noronha, Verh. Batav. Genootsch. Kunst. 5(Art. 4): 17. 1790.
  • Hibiscus mutabilis f. versicolor Makino, Jissai-Engei 26: 676. 1940, nom. inval.
  • Hibiscus sinensis Mill., Gard. Dict., ed. 8. n. 2. 1768.

References

  • USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Data from 07-Oct-06]. [1]

Vernacular names

English: Confederate rose or cotton rosemallow
한국어: 부용
日本語: フヨウ (芙蓉)
Português: Rosa-louca
Svenska: Bomullshibiskus
ไทย: พุดตาน
Uyghurche‎ / ئۇيغۇرچە: تۈگمىگۈل
中文: 木芙蓉
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