Hibiscus zeylonicus Linn.
A profusely branched, hispid, undershrub. Stem, petiole and pedicel with short, simple and stellate hairs mixed with long, spreading, simple, sometimes tubercled hairs. Leaves 1.5-3 cm long, 1-2.5 cm broad, upper leaves lanceolate to ovate, entire, lower ones usually 3-fid to partite, shallowly cordate or truncate at base, upper surface usually simple hairy and lower stellate; lobes oblong or obovate, entire or irregularly toothed, middle one longest; stipules 3-5 mm long, filiform; petiole 1-4.5 cm long. Flowers axillary, solitary; pedicel 2-4 cm long, articulate near the apex; epicalyx segments 8-11, 10-13 mm long, free, filiform, ciliate. Calyx 4-6 mm long, fused at the base, stellate pubescent; lobes lanceolate, acute. Corolla c. 15 mm long, pink. Fruit ± 5 mm across, pubescent, globular; mericarps 5, winged, 4 mm long, dorsally 4 mm broad, radial glabrous, smooth or somewhat wrinkled, 3 mm broad. Seed 1.5 mm long, 1 mm broad, reniform, dark brown, minutely pubescent.
Holotype: Herb. Herm. Vol. IV. fol.51. Linn.n.286 (BM!).
Distribution: Ceylon, India, Pakistan, S.E. Arabia, Tropical Africa and mauritius.
It occurs in Lower Baluchistan and Sindh.