Pavonia hastata

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Pavonia hastata
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Hibisceae
Genus: Pavonia
Species: P. hastata
Binomial name
Pavonia hastata

Lassa hastata (Cav.) Kuntze

Pavonia hastata, commonly known as spearleaf swampmallow[2] or pink pavonia, is a shrub in the family Malvaceae.[3] The species is native to Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraquay and Uruguay.[4] It was previously considered to be native to Australia as well, but is no longer thought to be.[3]

Plants grow to 1.5 metre high and have leaves that are 10 to 60 mm long and 10 to 25 mm wide. The hibiscus-like flowers are pink with a red throat. These appear in summer and autumn.[5]

The species is easily propagated by seed or cuttings.[3]


  1. ^ "Pavonia hastata". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pavonia hastata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Pavonia hastata". Australian Native Plants Society (Australia). Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Taxon: Pavonia hastata Cav.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pavonia hastata L.". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 8 January 2013.