Engraving from H.Sloane (1707 Jamaican voyage... )
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Places where this species can be found :
- Grenada - GRENADA
Description50 Understory small shrub to treelet. Simple softly pubescent acuminate leaves, approximately 12-15 cm in length, with rounded, cordate bases. Leaf margins are serrated, and venation is palmate with the leaf having three distinct tips (somewhat like a maple, Acer species, of northern temperate forests). Flowers are distinctive, bright red, 5 cm in length, and hummingbird pollinated.
InterestMalvaviscus - L malva, mallow, and viscus, glue. Possible reference to the pulp around the seeds. Flowers visited by hummingbirds. There are various vatieties, differing e.g. in how much the flowers open.