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Woodfordia fruticosa (Linn.) S. Kurz in Journ. As. Soc. Bang. 40(2): 56. 1871. Parsa, l.c. 621.

Vern.: ‘Dhawi’.

Woodfordia fruticosa

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Grislea tomentosa Roxb.
  • Lythrum fruticosum Linn.
  • Woodfordia floribunda Salisb.

    Shrub, c. 2.5 m tall. Leaves ovate-lanceolate or ovate, rarely falcate, ± oblique, 1.8-11.1 cm long, 8-30 mm broad. Cymes 3-16-flowered. Hypanthium 9-11 mm long, 2-5 mm broad. Petals 3-4.5 mm long, 0.5-0.75 mm broad, brick-red. Stamens 3-16.5 mm long. Ovary oblong, 4-6 mm long, 1.25-2 mm broad; style 8-15 mm long. Capsule ovate or elliptic, 6-10 mm long, 2.5-4.5 mm broad. Seeds triangular.

    Fl. Per.: March-April.

    Type: Described from Asia and tropical Africa. Herb. Linn. 62/4 (LINN).

    Distribution: Madagascar, India, Pakistan, Ceylon, China, Indonesia.

    Widespread in the foothills. Leaves and twigs yield a yellow dye used in printing. Petals yield a red dye. Flowers and leaves are used medicinally as astringent and analgesic.


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