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Pavonia Cay., Diss.2:App. 2. 1786. nom.cons.; Diss.3:132. 1787; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind.1:330.1874; Bross. in Blumea 14:133.1966; Hutch., Gen. Fl. Pl., 2:566.1967.

Annual or perennial herbs, undershrubs or shrubs, pubescent, glabrescent. Leaves petiolate, stipulate, with or without lobes. Flowers usually axillary, solitary, or in fascicles or occasionally in racemes or panicles by the reduction of leaves, pedicellate. Epicalyx segments 5-16, free or fused. Calyx 5-lobed or toothed. Corolla of various colour, commonly red, pink or yellow, rarely white or purple. Staminal column with many filaments. Carpels 5; styles 10; stigmas capitate. Fruit discoid to globose, schizocarp; mericarps 5, indehiscent, glabrous or pubescent, with or without wings, carinate, reticulately veined, echinate, horny or smooth. Seed 1 in each mericarps, glabrous or hairy, reniform.

A genus with c. 200 species distributed in the warm regions of both the hemispheres.

It is represented by 6 species in Pakistan.

1 Epicalyx segments 5-6 ovate to lanceolate   (2)
+ Epicalyx segments 8-14, linear   (3)
2 (1) Mericarps longitudinally carinate on the dorsal surface, margins with 2-3 stout, slightly curved, sharp prickles   Pavonia procumbens
+ Mericarps echinate all over   Pavonia glechomaefolia
3 (1) Leaves lobed or angular   (4)
+ Leaves neither lobed nor angular   (5)
4 (3) Mericarps winged   Pavonia zeylonica
+ Mericarps not winged   Pavonia odorata
5 (3) Mericarps smooth   Pavonia arabica
+ Mericarps horny   Pavonia grewioides

Lower Taxa

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