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Hibiscus moscheutos  L.
Clay County, Kansas
Height: 3-8 feet
Family: Malvaceae - Mallow Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August, September,October
Also Called: Crimson-eyed rose mallow, swamp rose mallow.
Stems: Erect, covered with fine star-like pubescence or nearly glabrous.
Leaves: Alternate, simple, lanceolate to ovate, to 9 inches long, 1.25 to 3.5 inches wide, (about 2.5 times as long as wide), unlobed or middle and lower blades obscurely lobed; upper surface dark green, glabrous; lower surface covered with fine star-like pubescence; margins coarsely to shallowly toothed; bases rounded to nearly heart-shaped; tips tapering to points; stalks slender, up to 2 inches long.
Inflorescences: Solitary flowers in leaf axils; flower stalks jointed near or above middle, fused to subtending leaf stalk for portion of their length.
Flowers: Calyx subtended by 8-12 bracts; sepals more or less united; corolla 4 to 8 inches wide; petals 5, white or cream-colored with red or purple bases; stamen column about 4/5 inch thick, bearing anthers along sides; style about 2.5 inch long.
Fruits: Capsule, egg-shaped, 1 to 1.2 inch long, mostly glabrous, tapering to an erect beak, enclosed by the enlarged, persistent calyx.
Habitat: Marshes, swamps, and wet meadows.
Distribution: East 1/2 of Kansas.

Rose mallow inflorescence
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Rose mallow flower
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Rose mallow
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Rose mallow flower
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Rose mallow leaf
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Rose mallow calyx
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