Hibiscus schizopetalus is a
species of Hibiscus native to tropical eastern Africa in Kenya, Tanzania
It is a shrub growing to 3 m tall. The red or pink flowers are very
distinctive in their frilly, finely divided petals. Its common
names include Japanese Lantern, Coral Hibiscus and Fringed Rosemallow.
Flowers with finely dissected petal have a range of colours, the most
common being the red form (Keena et al., 2002; Ng, 2006). Leaves
resemble those of H. rosa-sinensis.
The major anthocyanin found in flowers of H. schizopetalus is
cyanidin-3-sambusophoroside (Lowry, 1976). From leaves, two new
triterpene esters have been isolated (Jose & Vijayan, 2006).