The Native Hibiscus
Australia has a number of plants that are commonly called Native Hibiscus so it is natural that a little confusion occurs over which plant is which. Hibiscus splendens was one of the first to be discovered, and with masses of flowers in spring it is indeed a wonderful example, however a number of species claim the name of 'Native Hibiscus'.
Some are eveergreen shrubs to small trees, others such as the brilliant red flowering Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus is more of a perennial that thrives in the tropical areas of Queensland and The Northern Territory and although known as the 'Mash Mallow' it does have hibiscus like flowers.
Hibiscus sturtii with white to pink flowers is found across New South Wales. Lagunaria patersonii is an evergreen tree, primrose colored hibiscus like flowers, from Norfolk Island and Queensland.
So when we broadly call a plant 'Native Hibiscus' we may well be better to us ethe botanical name, as these plants differ greatly.
The five major species that are refered to are