Native hibiscus, part 2

Happened to be in Auckland Botanic Gardens earlier this week and guess what I found? Both of our native hibiscus in flower (see the post below for information about a plant now not considered to be a native hibiscus).

Hibiscus richardsonii. Photo: Sandra Simpson.

Read more about Hibiscus richardsonii here, although I am surprised to see it growing so tall in the photos. The plants in Auckland were much smaller, more a ground-cover type of thing.

Hibiscus diversifolius is more of a shrub that grows about 1-2m high. It has fine, sharp bristles on its stems and leaves.

Photo: Sandra Simpson

Interesting to note that it is also found in other parts of the Southern Hemisphere.

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