Hibiscus) is a widespread species of hibiscus. It grows to between 1 and
2 metres in height, with prickly stems and yellow flowers with a maroon
basal spot during spring summer. A coastal species in New Zealand (now
rare in the wild) likes a dry, sunny frost free site.
It occurs in tropical Africa, New Guinea, the Philippines, many
Pacific Islands, Central and South America, the Galapagos Islands, New
Zealand, Norfolk Island as well as the states of New South Wales and
Queensland in Australia. There is disagreement over its native range.
Some sources consider it native only to Africa, and naturalised
elsewhere; but it is considered a native in New Zealand and Australia
It is found in low, swampy areas; in Africa it may occur inland or
near the coast, but in all other continents it occurs only in coastal
areas. This distribution, together with genomic evidence, suggests that
it originated in Africa, and colonised the other continents through
long-range salt-water dispersal