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Hibiscus tiliaceus Sea hibiscus Sekar waru, Pucuk laut Malaceae

Hibiscus tiliaceus, Sea hibiscus, Malaceae, Waru	, pucuk laut


Hibiscus tiliaceus, Sea hibiscus, Malaceae, Waru	, pucuk lautThis evergreen, spreading tree from tropical seashores of the Indian and Pacific Oceans grows to a height of about 30 ft (9 m) with a spread almost as great. It has large, heart-shaped, soft green leaves with white undersides and bears scattered clear yellow flowers with large crimson centers that turn orange as they fade.
There are cultivars with purple or variegated leaves.
It flowers for most of the year.
Cultivation: Easy to grow, the shrubby species thrive in sun and slightly acid, well-drained soil.
Trim after flowering to maintain shape.
Propagation is from seed or cuttings or by division, depending on the species.
Watch for aphids, mealybugs and whitefly.
Medical use: Infusion of the wood used for diabetes. Mature leaves, fruits and shoots used for fever, coughs and bronchitis. Flowers used to cure headache. Seeds and bark
reputed to be emetic. Leaves for hair care and treatment. Against boils.