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Pakistan | Family List | Sterculiaceae | Melhania

Melhania denhamii R.Br. in Denham & Clapp.,Voy.App. 232. 1826. Masters in Oliv.,Fl.Trop.Afr. 1:230.1868; Hook.f.,l.c. 373;Cooke, Fl. Bomb.Pres. (Reprint ed.) 1:142.1958; Jafri, Fl.Kar. 231.1966; S. Abedin, l.c.

  • Brotera bracteosa Guill. et Perr.
  • Melhania bracteosa (Guill. et Perr.) Boiss.

    A small undershrub, up to 60 cm tall, stellate hairy. Leaves ovate, ovate-elliptic or oblong-elliptic, 2-4 cm long, 1-2 cm broad, velvety on both sides, crenate-serrate, obtuse, apiculate or subtruncate; petiole 1-2 cm long, tomentose; stipules subulate, 2-3 mm long, hairy. Inflorescence 2-5-flowered, pseudoumbellate cyme or flowers solitary; peduncle up to 1 cm long. Flowers c. 1.5-2 cm across; pedicel 3-5(-10) mm long; bracts cordate-reniform, 5-8 mm long, 7-8 mm broad, becoming membranous, reticulately veined and enlarged to twice their original size in fruit. Sepals lanceolate or ovate, 4-7 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, densely hairy outside, sparsely within. Petals oblique, obovate, 7-10 mm long, c. 4 mm broad. Stamens c. 3 mm long. Ovary densely hairy. Capsule subglobose-globose, c. 4 mm in diameter, villous. Seeds obovate, brown-black.

    Fl.Per.: Throughout the year.

    Type: Probably described from Sudan.

    Distribution: Tropical Africa, Arabia, Pakistan (Baluchistan, Sind).

    The leaves and flowers are used as cooling agents and as blood purifiers.


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