Alyogyne hakeifolia

Alyogyne hakeifolia

''Alyogyne hakeifolia'' is a species of flowering plants found in southern regions of Australia. The plant is similar to a ''Hibiscus'' and was assumed to be part of that genus for many years. It is known to have been cultivated in England since the mid nineteenth century.
Alyogyne hakeifolia Can be confused with a native hibiscus plant. Alyogyne hakeifolia,Australia,Geotagged,Summer

Appearance

An erect shrub, up to three metres high, ''Alyogyne hakeifolia'' is densely covered in fine leaves. The species is known for its rapid growth, especially under favourable conditions.

Flowering begins between May and August in its native habitat, and continues until February. The flowers are variously blue, purple, or various shades of creamy yellow; they become deeply coloured and papery when spent. Blooms appear profusely after the first or second year, are deeply cupped in form, and have five large petals which open to reveal the deep red centre.

The plant can be distinguished from ''Hibiscus'', another genus in the family Malvaceae, by the undivided stigma of the style.

Distribution

Widely distributed throughout south west Western Australia, ''Alyogyne Hakeifolia'' is also found further east in the Eremaean botanical province.
The species has a preference for undulating plains of red sand, or rocky loams, and is also found on limestone in these regions.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderMalvales
FamilyMalvaceae
GenusAlyogyne
SpeciesA. hakeifolia
Photographed in
Australia