Prickly Hibiscus

Scientific Name
Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. subsp. diversifolius
Higher Classification
Hibiscus berberidifolius Cufod. (later homonym), not of A. Rich. (1847), Hibiscus biflorus A.Spreng., Hibiscus decaisneanus Schimp. ex Hochr., Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. subsp. genuinus Hochr., Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. var. angustilobus Hauman (in part), excluding specimens Laurent 11, de Witte 2435, Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. var. witteanus Cufod., not of Hochr., Hibiscus ficulneus Cav. (later homonym), not of L. (1753), Hibiscus macularis E.Mey. ex Harv., Hibiscus paludosus Merr., Hibiscus persicifolius Eckl. & Zeyh., Hibiscus scaber Lam.
Common Names
Prickly Hibiscus (e)
National Status
Status and Criteria
Least Concern
Assessment Date
W. Foden & L. Potter
This taxon was not selected in any one of four screening processes for highlighting potential taxa of conservation concern for detailed assessment and was hence given an automated status of Least Concern. The Threatened Species Programme is currently systematically completing full assessments for all taxa with an automated status. If you disagree with this taxon's status, please contact the Threatened Species Programme at the link below.
Not endemic to South Africa
Provincial distribution
Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape
Habitat and Ecology
Major system
Assessment History
Taxon assessed
Status and Criteria
Citation/Red List version
Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. subsp. diversifolius Least Concern Raimondo et al. (2009)

Boon, R. 2010. Pooley's Trees of eastern South Africa. Flora and Fauna Publications Trust, Durban.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

Foden, W. & Potter, L. 2005. Hibiscus diversifolius Jacq. subsp. diversifolius. National Assessment: Red List of South African Plants version 2017.1. Accessed on 2019/06/19

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