Taxon: Hibiscus elatus Sw.

Genus: Hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Hibisceae
Nomen number: 19029
Place of publication: Prodr. 102. 1788
Link to protologue:
Comment: place of publication verified from original literature
Name Verified on: 14-May-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 19-Sep-2017
Species priority site is: Plant Genetic Resources Conservation Unit, Griffin, GA (S9)
Accessions: 1 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

  • blue mahoe  (Source: Econ Bot) - English
  • Cuban bast  (Source: World Econ Pl) - English
  • algodoeiro-da-Índia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)
  • hibiscus-da-praia  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: ornamental (fide D. M. Bates, pers. comm.; F Cuba)
  • Materials: fiber (fide F CubaLeon)
  • Materials: wood (fide Hortus 3; Dict Econ Pl)

Distributional Range:


  • Southern America

    • Caribbean: Cuba ; Jamaica

  • Naturalized



  • Adams, C. Flowering plants of Jamaica. 1972 (F Jam)
  • Bates, D. M. 1965. Notes on the cultivated Malvaceae. 1. Hibiscus (Baileya) 13:72-74.
  • Howard, R. Flora of the lesser Antilles. (F LAnt)
  • Kearney, T. H. 1955. A tentative key to the North American species of Hibiscus L. Leafl. W. Bot. 7:281-282.
  • Kimber, C. T. 1970. Blue mahoe: a case of incipient plant domestication Econ. Bot. 24:233-240.
  • León (J. S. Sauget) & Alain (E. E. Liogier) Flora de Cuba. 1946-1962; suppl. (F CubaLeon)
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium Hortus third. (Hortus 3)
  • Liogier, H. A. & L. F. Martorell Flora of Puerto Rico and adjacent islands: a systematic synopsis. (F PR)
  • St. John, H. List and summary of the flowering plants in the Hawaiian islands. 1973 (L Hawaii)
  • Uphof, J. C. T. Dictionary of economic plants, ed. 2. (Dict Econ Pl)


Check other web resources for Hibiscus elatus Sw. :

  • TROPICOS: Nomenclatural and Specimen Database of the Missouri Botanical Garden
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ICRA: International Cultivar Registration Authority (on-line resource). for Hibiscus elatus cultivars
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.