This shrub can grow to 2 meters in height and can spread to 3 meters. It is a member of the genus Hibiscus and it is characterised by its prickly stem and distinctive pale yellow flower with a deep maroon centre. It has a widespread distribution including Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific as well as the southern tropical areas of Africa and South America. There is some debate over the origins of this plant.
You can find this plant in the low lying areas around Hays Inlet often associated with water, creek banks, Melaleuca forest and the edges of marine couch and saltmarsh. Widespread in New South Wales and Queensland the plant is also cultivated for its ornamental flowers. The plant can be seen in a number of locations within the Clontarf Eco-Path Project Site.