Cape Bride's Bush
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Cape Bride's Bush
P Introduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Cape Bride's Bush
Botanical name: Pavetta capensis    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Crinita capensis

Cape Bride's Bush is a small tree or shrub, up to 5 m tall. Leaves are nearly stalkless to distinctly stalked, obovate-pointed to narrowly obovate-pointed, thick-textured, almost semifleshy, glossy green, hairless or very rarely hairy. Domatia occur on the lower leaf surface. Round bacterial nodules are arranged mainly along the main and secondary veins but are sometimes more scattered over the leaf surface. The flowers are arranged in tight, unbranched, umbrella-like balls on short side branches. The sepals are linear, 4-6 mm long and persistent in fruit. It grows in coastal areas, on sand dunes, on hillsides, in forest in the Eastern Cape.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in cultivation in Maharashtra.

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