Common Name

Bladder Ketmia




Forb to 1.3m tall. Leaves alternating up the stems. Mid-stem leaves 2-9cm long, 25-80mm wide, flat, hairy, rough, margins lobed and toothed. Flowers with 5 yellow or cream petals, with a large purplish basal petal spot, solitary at the bases of the leaves. Could occur in the area covered by this key.

Recently separated from Hibiscus trionum.

Differs from Hibiscus verdcourtii in that the lobes of the leaves appear like leaflets and the primary lobes are themselves strongly lobed.

Description and photos in Craven, L.A., de Lange, P.J., Lally, T.R., Murray, B.G. & Johnson, S.B., (2011) A taxonomic re-evaluation of Hibiscus trionum (Malvaceae) in Australasia. New Zealand Journal of Botany 49(1): 34-35, Fig 1B (leaf, page 28), Fig 2C (flower, page 29), Fig 3 (map, page 32)

Flower and leaf. Photographer Don Wood, Carnarvon Station Bush Heritage Reserve, via Augathella, Qld