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Premna herbacea Roxb., Fl. Ind. ed. caret. 3:80. 1832. Clarke in Hook. f., l.c. 581.

Vern.: Jambhoi, Jambooka.

Premna herbacea

Credit: Fauzia

  • Pygmaeopremna herbacea (Roxh.) Moldenke

    A dwarf or small undershrub, almost stemless, forming a sort of underground, nodose runner from which annual flowering stems, 2-10 cm high, develop. Leaves obovate, 3-5(-8) cm long, 1.5-3 (-6) cm broad, coarsely serrate-dentate, sessile, usually villous beneath, puberulous above on the nerves, drying blackish, in 2-3 close pairs forming a rosette. Cymes terminal, trichotomous, not exceeding the leaves, dense, 2.5-4 cm across, villous. Flowers c. 2.5 mm across, pale yellowish or greenish. Calyx 2-2.5 mm long, cup-shaped, subequally and obtusely 5-toothed, pubescent. Corolla-tube 2.5-3 mm long; hairy in the throat; limb obscurely 2-lipped, 4-lobed. Drupe 5-6 mm in diameter, globose, black, collared below by slightly enlarged, persistent calyx.

    Fl. Per.: Feb.-April.

    Type: E. Bengal, Dinajpur, W. Carey.

    Distribution: Sub-Himalayan tracts, India and Bangla Desh.

    A rare plant, of hard soil, in our area. It is said that the plant often comes up after forest fire.


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