Hibiscus heterophyllus

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Native Rosella
Hibiscus heterophyllus flower.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Hibiscus
Species: H. heterophyllus
Binomial name
Hibiscus heterophyllus

Hibiscus heterophyllus, also known as Native Rosella, is a species of hibiscus that is endemic to New South Wales and Queensland in Australia.

It grows as a shrub or small tree and produces flowers which are white, pale pink or yellow and have a purple centre.

In Popular Culture[edit]

In The Mysterious Island,[1] Jules Verne remarks:

...nothing remained to be done but to find a plant fit to make the bow-string. This was the "hibiscus heterophyllus," which furnishes fibers of such remarkable tenacity that they have been compared to the tendons of animals.


  1. ^ Verne, Jules (1918). The Mysterious Island. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. p. 92. ISBN 0-684-18957-7.