Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Chinese Rose

The Chinese rose (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is a plant of the mallow family (Malvaceae). The species is in Belgium and the Netherlands kept as a houseplant. The plant originates from tropical Asia. In Asia, this plant is widely planted and can grow more than 4 m tall. Often the species used as a hedge. The Indonesian name of the plant is "kembang sepatu", meaning "shoe flower" means.

The long leaves are narrow-to broad-ovate. They are 5-15 cm long and 2.5 to 8 cm wide. In wild type leaf margin is sharply cut, as there are cultivars with less sharply serrated leaf margins or even gift.

The flowers are solitary in the leaf axils, and even on the same plant vary greatly in size. The largest flowers have a diameter of 20 cm. The flowers consist of seven to ten petals. The wild species has crimson red flowers, but there are cultivars developed with white, yellow, salmon, lilac, dark and mixed colored flowers. There are also cultivars with double flowers developed. Also, there are cultivars with colorful leaves (called "variegata' cultivars).

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