Scaevola sericea Vahl
A branched shrub, 1-3.5 m tall. Leaves 10-20 cm long, 2-10 cm broad, alter¬nate, obovate, gradually tapering to the base, sessile, entire, obtuse, glabrous on both the sides, with long white hairs in the axils. Flowers in pedunculate dichasial cyme, tending to become monochasial. Peduncle l-2.5 cm; bracts 3-4 mm long, with long white hairs inside; pedicel c. 5 mm long, pubescent or glabrous. Calyx 5 lobed, usually 4-6 mm long, linear-lanceolate or linear obovate, enlarged in fruits. Corolla white, pubescent or glabrous outside; tube 9-16 mm, lobes 9-12 mm, elliptic-obovate. Drupe subglobose, white, with persistent calyx teeth, c. 18-20 mm in diameter.
Fl. Per. June-December.
Lectotype: Bela-Modagam, Rheede van Draakestein, Hort. Malab. 4:121-122. t. 59. [1673 =1683].
Distribution: Rare in Pakistan; India (Bombay, Madras); Maldive Islands; Burma; along the African coast from Kenya to S. Africa; Malaysia; Hong Kong; Hainan; New Hebrides; New Caledonia; Samoan Islands, Fiji Islands; Christmas Island; Cooke Island; Tahiti, Hawaiian Islands etc.
Not put to any use in W. Pakistan though it is known to furnish a kind of rice paper.