Hibiscus hastatus is a large shrub or tree
in the family Malvaceae. H. hastatus is known by its common name of
Purau teruere or Tahiti hibiscus.
The blossoms of H. hastatus are pale yellow (occasionally with
intermittent pale red petal margins) and a deep red center upon opening.
Over the course of the day, the flowers deepen to orange and finally red
before they senesce.
Leaves are variably 3-lobed with some leaves being more slender and
nearly lobeless ('hastatus' refers to the spear-like shape of the
Some references treat H. hastatus as a subspecies of Hibiscus