Croton Leaf Mysore Mallow
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Croton Leaf Mysore Mallow
ative Photo: J. M. Garg
Common name: Croton Leaf Mysore Mallow • Tamil: Selangamaram • Telugu: Konda Gogu
Botanical name: Decaschistia crotonifolia    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Croton Leaf Mysore Mallow is a shrub with stems and branches densely whitish woolly. Ovate-lanceshaped leaves, 3-6 cm long, 2-4 cm wide, have heart-shaped or rounded bases, pointed tip and coarsely toothed margins. Leaves are velvety on both sides, and are carried on 1.5 cm long stalks. Yellow flowers occur singly in leaf axils. Sepal cup is bell-shaped with sepals 1-1.5 cm long. Flowers have a dark maroon center, and are 5-7 cm across, with obovate petals 3-4 X 2-2.5 cm. Capsules are enclosed in the sepal cup, and seends are kidney-shaped. It is common in the deciduous forests of peninsular India. Flowering: March-June.

Identification credit: Chandramohan Reddy
Photographed in Talakona forest, Andhra Pradesh.
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