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8. Jacquemontia Choisy in Mem. Soc. Phys. Geneve. 6:476. 1834. Choisy in DC., Prodr. 9:396.1845, van Ooststroom in van Steenis, Fl. Males. ser. 1,4:431.1953, Verdcourt in Hubbard & Milne-Redhead, Fl. Trop. E. Afr. 33.1963.


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Jacquemontia pentantha

Credit: S. Hameed

Climbing herbs or small shrubs, glabrous or pubescent. Leaves mostly cordate, entire, dentate or lobed. Flowers axillary, solitary, in scorpioid cymes or umbelliform or head-l ike cymes. Sepals equal or unequal, mostly pubescent. Corolla campanulate or funnel-shaped, blue, lilac or white, deeply lobed, dentate or entire. Style 1, stigmas 2, ellipsoid or oblong and complanate. Fruit capsular, globose to subglobose, with 4 major valves, these sometimes splitting further into 8. Seeds glabrous, tuberculate, winged or pilose.

Largely an American genus with about 100 species. Only 2 are frequently encountered in Asia, Jacquemontia paniculata and Jacquemontia pentantha. These appear to be vicarious equivalents, the former from Asia and the latter from the Americas. The American species is cultivated in Pakistan.

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