A very common shrub to tall tree, this plant with delightful heart-shaped leaves and bright yellow flowers that attract red bugs is often seen on many of our wild shores. It is also often planted in our seaside parks. The Sea hibiscus has been regrouped and renamed as Talipariti tiliaceum based on DNA studies. But the old name Hibiscus tiliaceus.is still widely used.

A shrub to a tall tree growing to 10-15m. Leaves (10-15cm) heart-shaped, dark green and shiny above, white and finely furry beneath. The leaves have tiny slits on the main veins on the underside of the leaf. Secretions from these slits often attracts ants. Flower a typical hibiscus-shape, yellow with maroon eye fading to dull pink or orange before falling. Stigma column light yellow, stigma deep crimson purple. According to Corners, the flower blooms at about 9am, long after sunrise and close in the afternoon at about 4pm. The petals usually fall off the same evening or the next morning. Usually, every flower sets fruit. Fruit ripens to a tiny dry capsule (2-3cm) surrounded by the calyx. It splits open to reveal the seeds which float and can withstand extended periods of immersion in sea water.