Melhania tomentosa Stocks ex Masters
A small subshrub, 40-70 cm tall, canescent. Leaves 5-7-costate, lanceolate, elliptic-lanceolate, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, unlobed or occasionally obscurely 3-lobed, 2-9 cm long, 1-6 cm broad, velvety on both sides, serrate-crenate; petiole 1-3 cm long, hairy; stipules filiform, 4-8 mm long, brown. Inflorescence a 2-4-flowered cyme; peduncle 1-5 cm long, pubescent. Flowers 1.5-2 cm across; pedicel 5-10 mm long, pubescent, elongated in fruit; bracts ovate, 0.8-1.6 cm long, 0.5-1 cm broad, cuspidate. Sepals linear-lanceolate, 0.8-1.8 cm long, 3-4 mm broad, acuminate or cuspidate, pubescent outside, persistent. Petals oblique, obovate, c. 1.6 cm long, 6-8 mm broad. Stamens 8-10 mm long, staminodes c. 1.5 cm long. Ovary subglobose, villous. Capsule oblong-subglobose, 0.6-1.5 cm long, 3.5-8 mm in diameter, obtuse or rarely minutely beaked, villous. Seeds angular, muricate, black.
Type: Described from India.
Distribution: Confined to Indo-Pakistan subcontinent.
Common in gravel sandy clay or sandy soils in plains and low hills of N. W.F. Province, Punjab, Sind and Baluchistan.