Woolly Pavetta
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Woolly Pavetta
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Woolly Pavetta
Botanical name: Pavetta tomentosa    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Ixora tomentosa, Pavetta indica var. tomentosa

Woolly Pavetta is a shrub with leaves 7-15 x 5-8 cm, elliptic or elliptic lanceshaped, tapering or with a tail, finely velvet-hairy to woolly above, densely softly woolly beneath specialy when young; bacterial nodules space, rounded, brownish dots; leaf-stalk 2-3.5 cm long. Stipules are ovate, spine-tipped. Flower clusters are 5-7.5 cm in diameter. Flowers are white, flower-stalk 4-8 mm long. Flower-tube is about 7 mm long; petals 5 x 2.5 mm, elliptic-oblong, pointed; throat hairy. Style twice as long as flower, stigma spindle-shaped. Sepal-tube is about 2 mm long, teeth minute, woolly. Bracts are sheathing, broad membranous, about 5 mm long. Fruit is spherical, 4-5 mm across, 2-seeded. Woolly Pavetta is found in the Indian Subcontinent to S. China and Philippines. It is also found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of about 1000 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Mandi District, Himachal Pradesh.

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