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Kydia   
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Kydia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Kydia • Hindi: bharanga, bhoti, illya, potari, pula, पुलिया pulia • Marathi: रान भेंडी ranbhendi, वरंग warang • Tamil: Bendi, பூலா pula, vattakannu, vendai • Malayalam: കാട്ടാവണക്ക് വെളളടച്ചി kaattaavanakk velalatacci, വീമ്പ് viimp, vellachadachi, velukku • Telugu: bolka, eruku tada, konda-podari, konda patti, pacha botuku, పోతరి potari • Kannada: ಬೆಮ್ದೆ bende, benda, bendi • Bengali: পোলা Pola • Oriya: Bankopasia • Urdu: Kapasia • Assamese: পিছোলা Pichhola, কুকুহা Kukuha • Gujarati: Motihirwani • Konkani: वारंग warang • Manipuri: খাবী Khabi • Sikkimese: Kubinde
Botanical name: Kydia calycina    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Kydia is a tree, growing up to 20 m tall. Leaves 3-12.5 cm long, 4-16.5 cm broad, commonly 7 nerved, truncate-subcordate at base, entire or 3-5 angled, not or slightly denticulate, acute-obtuse, dark green and less hairy above, greyish below. Leaf stalk 2-7.5 cm long. Flowers occur in panicles; pedicel 4-8 mm long, in fruit up to 1.5 cm long. Epicalyx segments 5-8 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, oblong, in fruit up to 12 mm long, 6 mm broad, obovate or spathulate, prominently nerved, brown. Sepals 5-8 mm long, lobes triangular, acute, 2-3 mm broad, persistent and enclosing the fruit. Corolla 1-1.5 cm across; petals 1 cm long, 4-6 mm broad, obovate-obcordate, clawed, densely hairy on both margins at the base, white or pink. Male flower: Stamens 15-30, staminal tube 3-5 mm long, sparsely pubescent, terminal branches 3-4 mm long. Female flower: Ovary globose, 2 mm across, wooly. Capsule 4-5 mm across.

Identification credit: Tony Rodd & N.S. Dungriyal
Photographed in Maharashtra & Manipur.
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