|Subkingdom:||Tracheobionta – Vascular plants|
|Superdivision:||Spermatophyta – Seed plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta or Angiosperms – Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicots|
|Family:||Malvaceae (The Mallow family)|
|Botanical name:||Malvaviscus arboreus|
|Common Name:||Turk's Cap Mallow or Sleeping Hibiscus|
|Malayalam Name:||Mulaku Chembarathi|
The genera Malvaviscus is characterised by fleshy flowers and fruits. Its flowers look like Hibiscus buds and that's why known as Sleeping Hibiscus. The flowers won't open fully. Turk's Cap is so-called because its flowers resemble the red felt fez that Turkish men formerly wore. Hawaiians call this plant "Firecracker Hibiscus" since the flowers look like unexploded firecrackers. In Kerala, we call this "Mulaku Chemparathi"; "Mulaku" means Chilly and "Chemparathi" means Hibiscus. Two varieties are found: Red and Pink. The flower is having sweet nectar at the base; just pluck the flower and sip it!
The above pictures were taken with Nikon Coolpix. Please click on each picture to get the full view.
Location: My garden at Kottayam, Kerala
Flowers of India