Hibiscus arenicola A.S.Mitch.
Nuytsia 2:336-337 (1979)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Native to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Grazyna Paczkowska, Thursday 19 September 1996

Much-branched shrub, 0.2-1 m high. Fl. blue-purple-pink, Feb to Mar or May or Oct. Red sand. Sand dunes.


Beard’s Provinces: Eremaean Province.

IBRA Regions: Central Ranges, Gascoyne, Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, Little Sandy Desert, Pilbara.

IBRA Subregions: Augustus, Fortescue, Lateritic Plain, Mackay, Mann-Musgrave Block, Trainor.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): East Pilbara, Ngaanyatjarraku, Wiluna.

Scientific Description
Chris Hollister and Kevin Thiele, Friday 2 August 2019

Tree. Stems hairy. Leaves 10-15 mm long, 7-9 mm wide, not lobed; margins crenate; indumentum present, with stellate hairs; stipules present and persistent to older leaves or present but early deciduous (only visible on youngest leaves). Perianth clearly of two whorls (calyx and corolla), the corolla obvious and prominent. Pedicel present, 4 mm long; indumentum present, with stellate hairs, with absent. Epicalyx (extra segments or 'bracteoles' immediately below the calyx) present, 5-5.5 mm long, the lobes free, indumentum present, stellate hairs present. Calyx green, 10-15 mm long, the lobes fused less than half their length, stellate hairs present. Corolla pink, blue or purple, 12-17 mm long, glabrous. Stamens many, united and arising from a staminal tube around the style; filaments present, 0.9-1.4 mm long; anthers 0.4-0.6 mm long. Ovary hairs or scales present, simple hairs present; style 1, 8-10 mm long, with five or numerous style branches or lobes, mostly glabrous. Flowering time February, March, May or October. Distribution Botanical Province Eremaean, IBRA Bioregion Great Sandy Desert, Gascoyne, Gibson Desert or Central Ranges.