Locally, in many mangrove areas. An upright tree to about 10 m tall.
The leaves are spirally arranged, hairless and the blades are slightly
fleshy, triangular heart-shaped and gradually narrowing to the tip,
green above and light green below. The petals are pale yellow becoming
purple with age, with maroon eye. The stamens are joined into pale
yellow tube and the stigmas are pale yellow. The fruit is flattened
spherical and crowned by the disc-like sepals. The flowers open at
about 10 am. Has potential as an ornamental tree because of the neat
crown shape and pretty flowers. On beaches and mangroves. Rare.
Old (left) and newly
Thespesia populnea tree with Hibiscus tiliceus (left)
Underside and upperside
of leaves of
Thespesia populnea (left)
and Hibiscus tiliceus
from Sea hibiscus in the sepals forming a smooth-edged
cup (vs. pointed tips), the slightly fleshy, hairless, narrower, above
green and smooth-edged leaf blades (vs. papery, hairy- below, broader,
above dark green and toothed leaf blades) and yellow stigmas (vs.
deep crimson purple).