Botanical name: Hibiscus hirtus Family: Malvaceae (mallow family)
Lesser mallow is a small tropical subshrub or perennial which can grow upto 2 feet. It has extraordinary small, but beautiful, blooms for a Hibiscus. The flowers are 1-1.5 inch across, with five overlapping petals. Its Marathi name Dupari (noon) come from the fact the flowers open fully at noon. Seeds are cottony. Each flower's pod produces about 12-15 of these seeds which have the ability to 'reseed' itself. Easy to grow.
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