Neches River Rose-Mallow

2024 CEEast Texas

"The Neches River rose-mallow is a shrubby perennial that grows from three to seven feet tall. Like other hibiscus, it produces large, showy flowers. Each blossom is three to six inches wide, with five two- to four-inch-long creamy-white petals and a deep red or purple center. The flower grows in wetland areas exposed to open sun . . . Unfortunately, habitat loss and degradation have reduced this plant’s habitat to just a few small areas that support no more than a few thousand individuals. It must compete with Chinese tallow, a nonnative tree species, for space, light, and nutrients. Its wetland habitat is threatened by development and stream channelization. Herbicides are a danger to seven of the existing 11 populations. Climate change is expected to alter habitat conditions for the plant, and drought is already affecting habitat quality and reproductive success."

"Neches River rose-mallow," WildEarth Guardians.

Image: Jackie Poole - Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.