Martha's exotic Backyard in Israel

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, Chinese hibiscus, Shoe flower,

Scientific name:  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L.
Common name:  Chinese hibiscus, Shoeblackplant
Hebrew name:   היביסקוס
Family:  Malvaceae, Mallow family, חלמיתיים

Exotic flowers in Israel

Life form:  Evergreen flowering shrub
Stems:  Aerial, erect, cylindrical, woody and branched
Leaves:  Alternate
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
Origin:  East Asia

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis,Chinese hibiscus, Shoe flower, היביסקוס

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.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

In parts of India the flowers are used to shine shoes.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis,Chinese hibiscus, Shoe flower, היביסקוס