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2. Kohautia coccinea Royle, Jll. Bot. Him. Mount. 241. t. 53. f. 1. 1835. Bremek. in Verb. K. Nederl. Akad. Wet., Md. Natuurk: ser. 2, 48(2): 82. 1952; Verde. in Polhill, Fl. Trop. East Afr. (Rubiaceae-l) 235. 1976.


  • Hedyotis (Kohautia) abyssinica Hochst ex A. Rich.
  • Oldenlandia abyssinica (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Hiem
  • Oldenlandia coccinea (Royle) Hook. f.
  • Oldenlandia macrodonta Baker
  • Pentas modesta Baker

    Erect, annual herb, 6-45 (-70) cm tall. Stem unbranched, slender, scabridulous-papillose, circular or rarely obtusely quadrangular, internodes up to 10 cm long. Leaves opposite, linear or narrowly lanceolate, 1-5 cm x 1-8 mm, acute, margin recurved, upper surface scabridulous, rarely glabrescent; stipules 1-3 mm long, ending in 2-6 filiform, 1.5-3 mm long appendages. Inflorescence laxly branched, of 1-few flowered cyme. Flowers pedicellate, pedicels 0.5-7 mm, enlarged in fruit Calyx-tube densely papillose, ellipsoid 1-1.5 mm long, lobes subulate, c. 2-4.5 mm long, margin ± scabrid, elongated in fruit. Corolla scarlet, pink or purple, glabrous or scabridulous above; tube 3-6 mm long, dilated above, dilated portion c. 2.5 mm, lobes 1.5-3 x 0.8-1.5 mm, oblong-elliptic, obtuse; anthers 0.8-1.0 mm. Style 1-1.5 mm long; stigma c. 1 mm long. Capsule oblong, subglobose or elliptic 3-6 x 2.5-4.0 mm, minutely scabrid, with a slightly raised, dark brown c. 0.3 mm long beak.

    Fl. Per.: August-October.

    Type: India, Himalaya, Budraj, Royle (LIV) (vide Verdc. l.c.).

    Distribution: Tropical East Africa, Western temperate Himalayas and Pakistan; C-7 Kashmir: Mirpur Dist.: Pir Nasorha Range, M.A. Siddiqui 27707 (RAW); C-8 Poonch: Shari, 3.10.1952, A. Rashid s.n. (RAW).


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