Kosteletzkya (pronounced Kost-el-lets-kee-uh) [1]) is a genus of the plant family Malvaceae that includes the seashore mallow (K. virginica). It includes about 30 species found worldwide.

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Kosteletzkya virginica
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Subfamily: Malvoideae
Tribe: Hibisceae
Genus: Kosteletzkya

Kosteletzkya depressa
Kosteletzkya paniculata
Kosteletzkya pentacarpos
Kosteletzkya virginica
about 25 more

Although similar in appearance to Hibiscus, Kosteletzkya typically bears more flattened capsules that dehisce loculicidally. The genus was separated from Hibiscus in 1835 by Carl Borivoj Presl, who named it after Vincenz Franz Kosteletzky (1801–1887).


  1. ^ "Garden Dictionary Word: Kosteletzkya".