Malvaviscus arboreus: Firecracker Hibiscus

Malvaviscus arboreus is a species of flowering plant in the hibiscus family, Malvaceae, is native to the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, and South America. The specific name, arboreus, refers to the tree-like appearance of a mature plant. It is now popular in cultivation and goes by many English names including Turkcap, Turk’s Turban, Wax Mallow, Ladies Teardrop and Scotchman’s Purse. Though the flower does not open fully and it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Malvaviscus arboreus is the primary host plant for the caterpillars of the Turk’s-cap White-Skipper [Heliopetes macaira].

Photos: Singapore ZooSingapore, 20130320

Source: Wikipedia

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