Hibiscus platanifolius (Willd.) Sweet

 
  • Family : MALVACEAE
    (Mallow Or Hibiscus Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : GURHAL FAMILY (गुड़हल फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : MALVACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Hibiscus platanifolius (Willd.) Sweet
  • Vernacular name : Marathuthi (Tamil); Kandagogu (Telugu)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Evergreen- and deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : Occasional in deciduous forests on exposed hill slopes up to 1000m; along forest borders or along streams.
  • Key identification features : Large shrub or small tree. Brachlets warty, stellalte pubescent. Fruit pink with dark centre. Fruit with fulvous scales. Flowers fade to purple by noon
  • Flower, Fruit : August-November
  • Collector(s) Name : Arun Singh R & Raja K.Swamy
  • Collection Date : 11/09/2014
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-E-42
  • Collection Locality : Melpatti, Jawadhu Hills, Tiruvannamalai district (TD)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Kadapa district, Chittoor district
    • Kerala : Idukki district
    • Maharashtra : Mumbai-City district, Mumbai Suburban district, Pune district, Konkan
    • Odisha : Hills of Odisha
    • Tamil Nadu : Tiruvannamalai district, Vellore district, Kanchipuram (Changalpattu-CGP) district, Coimbatore district, Dharmapuri district, Kanyakumari district, The Nilgiri district, Salem district, Tiruchirapalli district, Tirunelveli district
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, Nepal
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; Franklin Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy, 2013. Flora of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh, BSI.; Matthew, K.M., Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.; M.R. Almeida (1996). Flora of Maharashtra vol.1.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Hibiscus platanifolius. Downloaded on 29 November 2020.

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