Hibiscus esculentusL. [family MALVACEAE], (1753). [type as above]
Stout annual herb, up to 2.5 m tall; young stems with short stiff simple hairs. Leaf-blades suborbicular in outline, up to c. 25 x 25 cm, 5–7-lobed or parted, with short stiff simple hairs on both surfaces; petiole up to 30 cm long. Flowers in leaf axils. Epicalyx bracts 7–12, linear to lanceolate, up to 25 mm long, present at time of flowering but later falling off. Calyx acuminate in bud, 3–4 cm long, rough outside. Petals yellow or white with dark purple base, 4–8 cm long. Capsule narrowly ellipsoid, usually 8 cm or more long. Seeds c. 5 mm long, depressed-globose, with concentric lines, sometimes pilose.
in Somalia grown at least in N3, S2 and S3. Native of tropical Asia, now widely cultivated throughout the tropics for its edible fruits and occasionally naturalized;