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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 12, 2013 10:21 AM CST

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I have a hibiscus that's growing in our bottomland and it looks identical to the plant you're posting here (but ours hasn't bloomed yet).

But this photo looks different than your other photo:



Is the difference in color explained by different lighting, or does this species exhibit varying leaf color?
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 12, 2013 11:46 AM CST
There is some variability in all aspects of the leaf (color, shape, pubescents), but in this case I believe it is the lighting. This leaf is in full sun where the others were in the shade.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 12, 2013 12:09 PM CST

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I'm watching mine and will post when it blooms. I have quite a good amount of them in our bottomland, deep in the forest in a clearing that I've never really visited before. I was surprised to see hibiscus growing down there.
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 28, 2013 1:16 PM CST

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They started blooming today and the blooms are exactly like your photos here. Looks like we have a match!
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 28, 2013 9:24 PM CST
Well you'll have to wait for the fruit to be sure if it is subsp. lasiocarpos or subsp. moscheutos. Although the ones I have found around here, lasiocarpos have soft pubescent, leaves and moscheutos are glabrous.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 28, 2013 9:30 PM CST

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The leaves on mine are very much soft and pubescent.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 28, 2013 9:32 PM CST
Sounds like that is probably it then. When the seed pods get large they should be pubescent also, if they are glabrous then it is subsp. moschuetos.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jun 28, 2013 9:34 PM CST

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I'll watch for it but I'm expecting pubescence based on the leaves.

It's neat to see native hibiscus growing in my bottomland. The blooms are huge and beautiful.
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Jun 28, 2013 9:38 PM CST
I found some growing in Orange that have glabrous leaves that I suspect are subsp. moscheutos. I am going to try and get back there later this year, and see if I can get some good photos to show a comparison of the two subspecies, for the database.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jun 28, 2013 9:45 PM CST

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That would be very useful for future visitors to these entries in the DB. Thumbs up

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