Abelmoschus ficulneus (L.) Wight & Arn.

Common Name: Native rosella

Family: Malvaceae


An erect undershrub, grows to a height of 0.5 to 1.5 m.


Simple, and short hairy, sometimes prickly, usually thick and fistular.


5-8 cm long, 4-7 cm wide, circular, heart-shaped at base, toothed, rough on both sides, 3- 5 lobed.


The flower stalks occur at the end of branches or in leaf axils. They are covered with velvety hairs. The flowers are 5-7 cm across. The flowers have short stalks and are white, turning pink, with a dark purple spot in the centre.


Capsule 3-3.5 cm long, 1.5-2 cm across, 5 angular, ovoid, simple, hairy, glabrescent, valves membranous.


3 mm across, globular, black, glabrous to stellate pilose.