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Aechmanthera tomentosa (Wall.) Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3:87. 1832. Clarke, l.c. pro parte; Bamber, Punj. Pl. 62. 1916; Collett, Fl. Siml. 372. 1902; Parker, For. Fl. Punj. 3rd. ed. 386. 1956 excl. var. wallichii; Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kash. 674. 1972-excl. var.; Icon. Corm. Sin. 4:158. fig. 573. 1975.

Vern.: Patrang, Banmaru.


  • Ruellia tomentosa Wall.

    A small, up to 50 (-60) cm tall, hairy undershrub. Leaves with a 2-4.5 cm long, hairy petiole; lamina elliptic-ovate to lanceolate, 7-10 x 3-4.5 (-5) cm, upper surface densely lineolate with cystoliths, sericeous below, rounded at base, margins crenate, apex acute. Flowers pale blue, c. 2.5 cm long, in 3-8-flowered clusters in 1-sided panicle; bracts linear-ligulate, 8-12 mm long, glandular-pubescent, obtuse; bracteoles similar to and smaller than or equalling calyx lobes. Calyx lobes linear, c. 8-12.5 mm long, glandular-hairy outside and on margins, glabrescent within. Corolla tube cylindrical, glabrous, limb subequally 5-lobed, lobes patent, obtuse. Anthers oblong, connective minutely excurrent. Ovary densely hairy at apex, style sparsely hairy. Capsule linear-oblong, 8-10 mm long, splitting to the base. Seeds mostly 8, discoid, densely hairy, borne on strongly hooked retinacula.

    Fl. Per.: August-November.

    Type: Wallich Cat. 2333a, b (K W).

    Distribution: Pakistan, China.


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