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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, Sea Hibiscus [Hibiscus tiliaceus]
Sea Hibiscus is a flowering tree in the mallow family, Malvaceae that is native to the Old World tropics.
Common names include Sea Hibiscus, Beach Hibiscus, Coastal/Coast Hibiscus, Coastal/Coast Cottonwood, Green Cottonwood, Native Hibiscus, Native Rosella, Cottonwood Hibiscus, Kurrajong, Sea Rosemallow.
Its tough bark can be made into durable rope and for sealing cracks in boats. The bark and roots may be boiled to make a cooling tea to cool fevers and its young leafy shoots may be eaten as vegetables.

A fallen Sea Hibiscus flower that has turned from yellow to dusky orangy-red at the end of its short day's lifespan. See the surrounding browned and dried heart-shaped leaves that are characteristic of the Sea Hibiscus plant.

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