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Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper

Afrikaans name:

Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper

Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper

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Hibiscus surattensis

The Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper is a common plant along the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal as well as in many tropical areas around the world.

It normally grows as a scrambling form of creeper. It gets large yellow flowers with deep mauve centres. They measure around 10 cm across. Numerous bees, flies and other insects are attracted to the flowers. The stems are covered in sharp pricles that are reddish brown in colour.

Some species of game eat the Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper.

Some indigenous tribes have used parts of this plant to treat venereal disease.

Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper

Above - Prickly Wild Hibiscus Creeper

Photo © Steven Herbert

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