The Floral Magazine n.s. vol. 5 (1876)

Plate 214

Among the tropical varieties of Hibiscus there are many of the most gorgeous beauty, but we know of none more pleasing than that we now figure. The large, soft, buff, crimson-streaked flowers hang gracefully beneath the freshest of glossy foliage ; and, as the plant grows and blooms freely in an ordinary plant-stove, it well deserves culture as a distinct and useful decorative plant. The form of the flower is rather peculiar, the crowded petals being arranged along a central axis three to four inches in length. Here, as in many other double flowers, the duplication is owing to the stamens having become petaloid, and as the stamens of most Malvads are arranged on a long central style, it follows that when they become changed into petals — as in this case — they still keep to the normal form of arrangement. The plant was introduced from the South Sea Islands by Mr. W. Bull, of Chelsea, in whose collection our drawing was made early in April last. One of the chief merits of this variety is its novel colour, and it also has the desirable habit of blooming in a young state, and, the flowers being produced in gradual succession from the axils of the leaves, the plant, if well grown, lasts a long time in beauty.

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