Japanese lantern

A shrub with slender 'drooping' stems growing in the Rainforest Biome

By Eden Project

Eden Project

Japanese lantern, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

The flowers are delicate and pendulous, with pinkish-red petals that curve back over the flower. The petals have exquisite frilled lobes. Like many other Hibiscus species the staminal column is long and sticks out (exserted).

Japanese lantern, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

Various hibiscus drinks are made around the world. Tea, which contains vitamin C and possibly lowers blood pressure, is made in West and East Africa, Mexico, India and Brazil. In Jamaica a drink called sorrel is made from hibiscus flowers and other herbs, roots, spices and cane sugar.

Some species are used as a red food colouring, and dried hibiscus flowers are eaten as a delicacy in Mexico.

Japanese lantern, Rainforest Biome (2020) by Eden ProjectEden Project

This plant grows in east and south tropical Africa: Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania. Tropical conditions are the most favourable but the plant can survive periods of cold and drought. It will flourish in any fairly good soil and can tolerate coastal salt conditions.

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