Botanical name: Hibiscus hirtus Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Hibiscus rosa-malabarica, Hibiscus virgatus
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. Capsules are spherical, 7-10 mm, shorter than calyx; seeds 2 or 3 in each locule, reniform, about 2 mm across, densely covered with long wooly hairs. The plant is easy to grow.
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