Sunday, May 11, 2014

The very useful Sea Hibiscus

The amazing Sea Hibiscus (Hibiscus tiliaceus) has an edible flower and young leaves. The bark is some of the best rope-making material available. The wood is some of the best for starting a fire, both and tender and kindling. It's also extremely good for making a friction fire either with a bow and drill set or as a fire plough.
Even sun-dried a bit, this flower is still edible.  It makes a nice tea as well.

Both yellow and reddish flowers can exist on the same tree.

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