Contracted Velvet-Leaf
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Contracted Velvet-Leaf
P Naturalized Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Contracted Velvet-Leaf
Botanical name: Wissadula contracta    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Wissadula leschenaultiana, Sida contracta, Abutilon leucanthemum

Contracted Velvet-Leaf is a perennial undershrub, 1-2.8 m tall. Leaves are broadly ovate, heart-shaped, tapering. Leaves are green above and glaucous underneath , and measure 3.5-8.0 cm long and 2.5-7.5 cm at their widest. The glaucousness of the leaf underside result from a dense covering of star-shaped hairs which obscure the blade. Flowers are borne at branch-ends in raceme-like panicle. Flowers are 1.0-1.4 cm across, white, with inverted-heart-shaped petals. Sepals are green, five, fused up to around halfway. Sepal-cup is persistent. Mericarps are 2-6, about 3 x 6 mm. Seeds 3 in each mericarp. Contracted Velvet-Leaf is native to Mexico to Tropical America, naturalized in parts of India. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka.

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