Flora of Cook’s Voyage (Hibiscus meraukensis)

Australia Pre Stamped Envelopes – Flora of Cook’s Voyage – Hibiscus meraukensis

A team of naturalists led by Joseph banks collected hundreds of plants as James Cook navigated the Endeavour along Australia’s eastern coast in 1770. Sydney Parkinson’s botanical sketches were transformed into watercolor  illustrations and engravings after expedition returned to England.

The Hibiscus meraukensis specimen was collected at either at Cape Grafton or Palm Island Queensland in early June 1770.

Hibiscus meraukensis grows in tropical areas of Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, as well as in the islands north of Australia. It is named for the Greek word ‘hibiskos’,

PSE Envelope no 102        Date of Issue  12 Mar 1986.