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Large-flowered Hibiscus, Cotton Rose, or Wild Althæa.

Hibiscus grandiflorus, Mich. Fl. Amer. vol. ii. p. 46. Pursh. Fl. Amer. p. 455.—Monadelphia Polyandria, Linn. Malvaceæ, Juss.

This beautiful species of Hibiscus, which does not precisely agree with any that I have seen described, although it is probably the above, is characterised by its ovato-cordate, obtusely and irregularly serrated, acute, venous tough leaves, and its large rose-coloured flowers, which are deep-red at the base, and streaked with the same colour. The corolla is about five inches in diameter, the anthers yellow. The stem and leaves are smooth. It grows in salt marshes, and by the edges of pools.