Beach Hibiscus (species: Talipariti tiliaceum) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Talipariti tiliaceum
Beach Hibiscus

©Anne Hoggett: Rounded, heart-shaped leaf of Talipariti tiliaceum at Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Detail of underside of leaf, Talipariti tiliaceum at Lizard Island Research Station.

©Anne Hoggett: Flower of Talipariti tiliaceum at Lizard Island Research Station.
Kingdom Plantae
Division Tracheophyta
Class Magnoliopsida
Order Malvales
Family Malvaceae
Genus Talipariti
Species Talipariti tiliaceum



Distinguishing features

A straggly small tree or ground hugging shrub. Large, heart-shaped leaves have microscopic white hairs on the underside giving it greyish appearance. Large, pale yellow flowers with a dark burgundy centre open in the morning and look dead by the afternoon.


  • Size data has not been obtained.


Similar taxa


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Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Cribb, A.B. and J.W. Cribb (1985). Plant life of the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent shores University of Queensland Press, St Lucia.

Other references

  • Byrnes, N.B., S.L. Everist, S.T. Reynolds, A. Specht and R.L. Specht (1977). The vegetation of Lizard Island, North Queensland, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 88: 1-15. LIRS catalog number 3.
  • De Sloover, J.R. and A.-L. Jacquemart (2008). Nymph Island (Great Barrier Reef, Qld., Australia): Flora and vegetation of a low wooded island, Scripta Botanica Belgica, 43: 1-88. LIRS catalog number 1210.
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