This Hibiscus species is native in the Mariana Islands and throughout many islands in Oceania. One of the common names for the tree is Sea-hibiscus because of its ability to thrive in coastal forests. It is called pago In the Mariana Islands.
Various parts of the Sea-hibiscus have been used on Guam. The inner bark tissue was used for cordage and nets. The wood was used for furniture and frames for canoe construction. The flowers were used to make a poultice that was applied to wounds.
The value of the species for the landscape trade has increased through selection of cultivars that produce atypical flower colors and variegation in leaves.
|Specific leaf area||10.4 mm2 / mg|
|Total phenolics||2,547 Gallic acid equivalents|