Wild Florida Photo - Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

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Kosteletzkya pentacarpos

VIRGINIA SALTMARSH MALLOW

VIRGINIA SWAMP MALLOW

Synonym: Hibiscus virginicus

Florida native

 

A common shrub of brackish and freshwater marshes throughout much of Florida. The range includes the coastal states from Texas to New York, plus Pennsylvania.
Virginia saltmarsh mallow is hairy and grows to 1m (~3ft.) tall or more. The alternate leaves are petiolate, ovate, sometimes narrowly so, and may be lobed or unlobed. Flowers are solitary appearing both terminally and in the leaf axils, often drooping. The hibiscus-like corollas have five pink petals. The style branches out to five stigmas, which if not pollinated by birds or insects will curl down to reach the yellow anthers spaced along the column below to self-pollinate. The fruit is a hairy, five-chambered flattened capsule.

 
Kosteletzkya pentacarpos is a member of the Malvaceae - Mallow family.