Can you ID the plant with red flowers, saw in New Zealand

I saw this nice looking plant with beautiful bright red flowers with long thin petals and a brownish  a bit hairy central part and bright green leaves while traveling in New Zealand.
Do you know what’s the name of this plant? Does in grow in Australia as well? Thanks for your ideas!

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Can you ID the plant with red flowers, saw in New Zealand

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Can you ID the plant with red flowers, saw in New Zealand

Vice Professor Asked on March 20, 2016 in Flowers.
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    Hello Traveler! This is Pavonia multiflora, common names – the Brazilian Candles or Many Flowers, quite rare tropical plant, species of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. It is a very exotic-looking plant from the tropics of Brazil. As it’s names suggest, Many Flowers plant flowers profusely year-round. The flower itself is deep purple and resembles a  closed hibiscus flower. It makes sense since Pavonia multiflora is related to the Hibiscus family.

    It is possible to grow Pavonia multiflora as a houseplant.  Indoors this plant only grows to about 3 feet, and can be maintained smaller with pruning. It is very easy to grow Brazilian Candles.

    Vice Professor Answered on April 11, 2016.
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    Greetings. I’ve been writing a book about a history of Pavonia plants in the forest. And u need to know which location in New Zealand is this plant? Can you help me? I am Brazilian and I am comparing the cultivated flowers that originated from our tropical forest.

    Newbie Answered on November 15, 2017.
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