Hibiscus plants are a part of the Malvaceae flowering plant family. Flowers in this family are characterized by the presence of stellate hairs, mucilaginous sap and five large petals. The family is made up of approximately 75 herbs, shrubs and trees with as many as 1,500 species.
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