Panama Rose
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Panama Rose
ntroduced Photo: Aruna Rai
Common name: Panama Rose
Botanical name: Arachnothryx leucophylla    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Rondeletia leucophylla, Rondeletia elongata, Rondeletia dubia

Panama Rose is an evergreen shrub, 3-10 ft tall. The leaves are opposite, stalkless, ovate to oblong with wavy margins, 2 inches long, with a white downy pubescence beneath. Flowers are tubular, pink, the tube is externally velvet-hairy. The flowers have a light daytime scent which grows stronger in the evening. 'Bush Penta' is another commonly used name for this plant because the blossoms look like those of pentas. The fruit is a small capsule with numerous seeds. Panama Rose is native to southern Mexico.

Identification credit: Aruna Rai Photographed in Konkan region, Maharashtra.

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