|Scientific name:||Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L.|
|Common name:||Chinese hibiscus, Shoeblackplant|
|Family:||Malvaceae, Mallow family, חלמיתיים|
|Life form:||Evergreen flowering shrub|
|Stems:||Aerial, erect, cylindrical, woody and branched|
|Inflorescence:||Solitary cyme and axillary|
|Flowers:||5-8 green and free bracteoles; 5 green sepals; 5 petals, white, yellow, orange to scarlet and shades of pink|
|Fruits / pods:||Mostly abortive|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Hibiscus, ancient Greek and Latin name for some mallow-like plant.
rosa-sinensis, Rosa, an ancient Latin name whose meaning has been lost; sinensis, of or from China; chinese rose.
In parts of India the flowers are used to shine shoes.