A medium sized tree with stellate tomentum, glabrescent. Leaves 3-20 (-30) cm long, 2-20 (-30) cm broad, orbicular to ovate, cordate at base, usually entire or undulate to crenate, acute to acuminate, almost glabrous above, hairy below, lower surface at base with linear glands on 1-5 nerves, coriaceous; stipules foliaceous, clasping the stem, 1-3 cm long, 0.5-1 cm broad, ovate, caducous. Flowers solitary, clustered at the end of branches; pedicel c. 1 cm long, in fruit up to 2 cm, stellate pubescent. Epicalyx cupular, 5-10 mm long, 7-12 toothed; teeth deltoid or triangular, 2-3 mm long and broad. Calyx 1/3 to 1/2 fused, 1.5-3 cm long; lobes lanceolate, c. 1 cm broad, each with linear gland on the central nerve. Corolla 5-8 cm across, yellow with or without crimson centre; petals obovate, 4.5-7 cm long, 4-5 cm broad, claw slightly hairy on margin. Staminal column c. 3 cm long. Ovary oblong, pubescent, 5 mm long. Capsule 2-3 cm long, c. 2 cm broad, beaked, densely stellate hairy, 10 celled. Seeds many, dark brown 4-5 mm long, reniform, stellulate hairy.
"Trees, to 20 m high, bark greyish-brown, smooth; young parts softly stellate-tomentose with prominent annular stipular scars. Leaves simple, alternate, stipulate; stipules 15-40 x 8-14 mm, oblong-lanceolate, lateral, enclosing the apical bud, many veined, stellate-puberulent externally, glabrous internally, deciduous; petiole 4-18 cm long (commonly subequal to the blade), slender, minutely stellate pubescent; lamina 6-20 x 9-20 cm, broadly orbicular, base cordate or truncate, apex shortly acuminate, margin entire or crenate; coiaceous, minutely stellate hairy above, densely stellate, tomentose beneath; 7-9 nerves from the base, palmate, prominent, with a linear nectary at the base of main 1-5 nerves beneath, lateral nerves 5-7 pairs pinnate, prominent, intercostae scalariform, prominent. Flowers bisexual, yellow, axillary, solitary or in terminal racemes; pedicels 5-30 mm long, club-shaped, stout, minutely stellate-pubescent; involucellar bracts 12 mm long, cupular, segments 7-12, triangular to lanceolate, divided to the middle, densely stellate pubescent outside, sericeous within; calyx 15-20 mm long, campanulate, 5-fid or parted below the middle, the lobes lanceolate-acute, densely stellate-pubescent, with nectary medially positioned on midrib of each lobe (nectaries sometimes absent); corolla yellow with or without a red centre changing to pink, softly stellate-tomentose, 6-8 cm across; petals 5, obovate; staminal column 25-30 mm long, glabrous, surrounded by 5 triangular teeth, antheriiferous throughout; filaments 1-3 mm long; anthers reniform; ovary superior, ovoid, obscurely 5-angled; styles emergent from staminal column, glandular hairy; stigmas 5, capitate, purplish. Fruit a capsule, 1.5-2 x 1.5-2 cm, subglobose or slightly obovoid, subequal to calyx, densely pubescent with yellowish or brownish, pericarp thin, mesocarp fibrous, 5-locular; seeds many, reniform, blackish-brown, papillose."
Hibiscus boninensis Nakai; H. tiliaceus var. heterophyllus Nakai; H. tiliaceus var. tortuosus (Roxburgh) Masters; H. tortuosus Roxburgh; Pariti boninense (Nakai) Nakai; P. tiliaceum (Linnaeus) A. Jussieu; P. tiliaceum var. heterophyllum (Nakai) Nakai; Talipariti tiliaceum (Linnaeus) Fryxell.
Comments: Fryxell's (2001) Talipariti tiliaceum includes material treated by Kartesz (1999) as Hibiscus tiliaceus (= Talipariti tiliaceum var. tiliaceum) (native to southeast Asia, Australia, and Oceania; possibly native to Hawaii [may have been introduced by early Polynesian settlers]; exotic in Florida) as well as material treated by Kartesz (1999) as Hibiscus pernambucensis (= Talipariti tiliaceum var. pernambucense) (native to at least Puerto Rico [Kartesz 1999] and apparently other parts of the Caribbean and Central and South America).