21 Aug 2015

Flowering Plants of Kerala: Changing Rose

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Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicots
Subclass: Dilleniidae
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae (The Mallow family)
Botanical name: Hibiscus mutabilis
Common Name: Changing Rose or Cotton Rosemallow
Habit: Perennial Shrub

H. mutabilis is a small tree. The species name mutabilis means, changeable. In the morning the flowers are creamy white-colored. After few hours, pink highlights begin to appear on the flower petals. Around noon the flower turns pink colored and in the evening, dark pink! 

changing rose
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changing rose
changing rose
changing rose
changing rose
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changing rose

The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala

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