|FORM herbs, shrubs, trees
Species 900 in our area 34 (Gray); 33 (B&B)43
Distribution tropical and temperate
Flowers Showy, hollow column around style formed from numerous joined stamens
#Parts 5 sepals, united, 5 petals numerous stamens
Leaves entire or palmately ribbed, alternate.
Common cultivated species include hollyhocks, rose-of-Sharon and hibiscus. Cotton and okra are also from this family.