Scentless Wool-Flower
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Scentless Wool-Flower
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Scentless Wool-Flower
Botanical name: Lasianthus inodorus    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hamiltonia inodora, Mephitidia inodora

Scentless Wool-Flower is a shrub, 2-3 m tall; branches and branchlets hairless or thinly finely velvet-hairy. Flowers are stalkless, about 1 cm, finely velvet-hairy outside, hairy inside. Sepal-cup is finely velvet-hairy; cup portion about 1 mm; limb 5-lobed; sepals ovate-lanceshaped. Flowers are borne in stalkless, glomerulate clusters; bracts persistent, round or ovate-round, 3-6 mm, thickly leathery, hairless or velvet-hairy. Leaf-stalks are 6-10 mm, hairless or sparsely finely velvet-hairy; leaf blade leathery, elliptic to elliptic-lanceshaped, 10-20 x 2.5-6 cm, hairless above, hairless or sparsely finely velvet-hairy below, base tapering, tip tapering; lateral veins 6 or 7 pairs; nervules parallel; nerves and nervules prominent below; stipules persistent, triangular or ovate-lanceshaped, 3-5 mm, hairless, leathery. Fruit is red, ovoid, about 1 cm, hairless; pyrenes 5. Scentless Wool-Flower is found in mountain forests, shaded and wet places, at altitudes of 1000-1800 m, from NE India to E Bangladesh, China and parts of SE Asia.

Identification credit: Zhu Hua, Kanhaiya Lal Photographed in Reiek, Mizoram.

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