Hibiscus tiliaceus Linnaeus
Cottonwood
MALVACEAE
 
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This shrub grows to a height of about 8 metres. It is grown over much of Queensland, Australia. The plant has smooth heart-shaped leaves, each with a length up to about 9 cms. The flowers are yellow with a dark brown interior, appearing in early summer. They have a diameter of about 9 cms.

The Australian Aborigines used the wood for making spears.

The species commonly occurs on beaches through much of the tropics (for example: Hawaii) and is sometimes planted as an ornamental shade tree (information courtesy of Paul A. Fryxell).

The foliage is food for some Caterpillars, for example :

Arhopala madytus (Bright Oak Blue) LYCAENIDAE,

Arhopala micale (Common Oak Blue) LYCAENIDAE, and

Anomis combinans CATOCALINAE.

Plectophila discalis XYLORYCTIDAE.

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(updated 28 December 2009)