Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Aliasengl. shoeblackplant, Chinese or Hawaian rose, dt. Hibiskus, esp. cayena, amapola, рус. гибискус китайский, укр. гібіск китайська рожа, malay bunga raya, 中文 朱槿
EtymologyMalay bunga raya translates as 'celebratory flower'. In Malaysia, Hibiscus is cultivated since the 12th century and is the national flower since 1958. It appears on the coins and notes of ringgit the Malaysian currency.
Odditiespolyploid, ornamental, 5-petaled, sun protectant, all parts of the plant are edible
Propagationfrom cuttings or seeds
Gustationcandy, gin infusion, Pacific hibiscus salad, tea, use leaves like spinach
Housekeepingused to make shoe polish; good pH indicator, turns acidic solutions to magenta color and basic to green; used in hair and skin care
Urheimatnot known in the wild
HabitatSan Juan de los Terreros, Spain