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Pakistan | Family List | Rubiaceae | Rondeletia

Rondeletia odorata Jacquin, Enum. Pl. Carib. 16. 1760. Parker, For. Fl. Punj. ed. 2: 289. 1924; Bailey, l.c. 2980; Bor & Raizada, l.c. 95; Kirkbride Jr., l.c. 376.


Shrub, c. 1-1.5 m tall, young branches and leaves covered with setose hairs. Leaves opposite, 3-10 x 1.5-5 cm, ovate to elliptic, acute entire, sparsely hairy beneath with appressed hairs, petiole 2 mm long, stipules 5-6 mm long, persistent, deltoid. Inflorescence trichotomous of corymbose cymes, 10-30-flowered, shortly pedunculate, peduncle 3-7 mm long; bracts leafy, c. 8-12 x 5 mm, coriaceous, densely appressed hairy. Flowers 2-3 x 1-2 cm, bracteoles small, 4-5 mm long, pedicel 4-5 mm long. Calyx-lobes 6, oblong-linear, hairy, obtuse, 4.5 mm long. Corolla scarlet, lobes 5, ovate, obtuse, c. 4 mm long, mouth with a ring-like, orange, thickening of c. 4 mm in diameter.

Fl. Per.: Throughout the year.

Type: Described from West Indies.

Distribution: Introduced from West Indies as ornamental, occasionally grown in gardens.


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