Hibiscus aculeatus Walter - Comfortroot
Family - Malvaceae
Calyx and involucre.
Flowering - July - September.
Habitat - Disturbed sites, savannahs, wet pinelands, ditches.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in the southern 1/4 of Alabama. The plant is easy to identify because of its palmately divided leaves, pale yellow flowers, and rough, stellate pubescence. The hairs of the stems and leaves can be irritating to the skin. The bracts of the involucre are divided at the apex.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 8-18-05.