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Chinese hibiscus Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
2005-07-12 15:35:56

The Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, family Malvaceae) is an evergreen shrub indigenous to East Asia. Also known as China rose and Shoe flower, it is widely grown as an ornamental plant throughout the tropics and subtropics. The flowers are large, red, and firm, but lack any scent. Numerous cultivars, varieties, and hybrids have been created, with flower colors ranging from white...

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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