Turk's Cap Mallow - Wax Mallow
Malvaviscus drummondii - Torrey & A. Gray
Malvaceae (Hibiscus) Family

Turk's Cap Mallow is also known as Wax Mallow, Chinese Hat, Firecracker Hibiscus, Malvaviscus, and Sleeping Hibiscus.

The plant is a spreading shrub to 6 feet tall. The plant often spreads vegetatively by layering. The stems are densely covered in star-shaped hairs. Its preferred habitat is in tropical environments, persisting around old home sites, along roadsides and in waste places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are also covered with star-shaped hairs, velvety to touch, ovate to sub-orbicular in outline. The leaf base is heart-shaped. The tip is acute to tapering. There are usually no lobes, but occasionally a leaf will appear as shallowly 3-lobed, and serrate.

The flowers are in the leaf axil, solitary or few; stalks are about 1 inch long or less. The calyx has 7 to 9 united scarlet segments (petals) that overlap to form a tube. The calyx teeth are hairy. The stamens are fused to form a column that protrudes beyond the calyx.

Fruit is a fleshy, red capsule.

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