Yellow Orbea
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Yellow Orbea
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Yellow Orbea
Botanical name: Orbea semota    Family: Apocynaceae (Oleander family)
Synonyms: Orbea semota var. lutea

Yellow Orbea is a much-branched, mat forming fleshy to 10 cm tall, the stems decurved and rooting freely in contact with the soil. Stems are erect or procumbent, 1.0-1.8 cm across excluding teeth. Teeth stout, conical, ascending or spreading, to 12 mm long. Flowers are borne singly or several together, from any part of the stem. Flower are star-shaped 3.5-5 cm in diameter, transversely wrinkled uniformly brilliant yellow or yellowish-green. Limb with a shallow annulus supporting outer corona. Lobes ovate, pointed, often recurred along margin, that are are fringed with hairs with vibratile club-shaped hairs. Outer corona-lobes subquadrate approx. 2 mm long. Inner corona 2 mm high, lying against anther, without extended horns or wing. Fruit is a pair of seedpods. Yellow Orbea is native to Africa, popularly cultivated as a house plant.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Himachal Pradesh & Manipur.

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