Hibiscus costatus | Algodoncillo,
Baba de Perro, Hibisco de Sabana
Representatives of Hibiscus section Furcaria are found in
tropical and subtropical regions throughout the world including
Africa, Asia, the Americas, Australia and some Pacific Islands.
Section Furcaria consists of about 60 species, with at least 17 of
these from the Americas.
Hibiscus costatus is a perennial shrub to 1.5m tall, found in
Cuba, southern Mexico and Central America. It grows in evergreen
forest, oak woodland, savanna, scrub, often in wet or sandy places.
The solitary flowers are pink, and in warmer areas Hibiscus costatus
flowers throughout the year. In Cuba and Mexico there are a variety
of common names including: Algodoncillo, Baba de Perro, and Hibisco
DOG'S SALIVA: Name given in the barrio de Cerro de Cabras (Pinar
del Río) to Hibiscus costatus, A. Rich., a wild malvaceae with big,
pink flowers. The name is due to the large quantity of mucilage that
the stems have. V. Savanna Hibiscus.
Boletin, Issue 1; Issue 54
Santiago de las Vegas (Cuba). Estación Experimental Agronómica,