Scarlet Hibiscus
Hibiscus coccineus
Malvaceae (Mallow) Family

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Plant is an upright smooth perennial reaching a height of 8-10 feet.  Preferred
habitat is strands, sloughs, swamps, brackish and freshwater marshes.  Distribution is coastal in the Escambia region, except directly at shoreline.

Leaves are stalked; lower leaves may have no lobes but upper leaves are deeply 3-5 lobed (palmate).

Flowers are solitary on a stalk that arises from the leaf axil. The corolla is dark red and even darker reddish-purple at the base; large and symmetrical in form, measuring as much as 8 inches in dia-
meter.  The stamens are fused into a column that extends beyond the funnel-
shaped flower.

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Fruit is an ovoid capsule that measures about 1 inch long.


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