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Published In: Pterocymbium 235. 1844. (Pterocymbium) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/2/2011)
Acceptance : Accepted
Project Data     (Last Modified On 6/3/2011)
Flower/Fruit: Fl.Per.: March-May.
Type: Type: Described from Rajmundry Circar mountains, Coromandal, India
Distribution: Distribution: A native of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), south west India eastwards to Burma, Bangla Desh, cultivated in our area.
Comment/Acknowledgements: An ornamental plant with scarlet or deep orange flowers looking like a mass of coral on the bare branches. Hindus and Ceylonese regard it as a sacred plant. Branches yield fibre of inferior quality and branches with young leaves are used in India as fodder.
Map Location: B-6 Peshawar Dist.: Peshawar Botanic Garden, Forest Institute, c. 4 m tall cultivated tree, Sultanul Abedin 9943 (KUH).


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A tree with ash coloured bark. Leaves with 7-25 cm long petiole, crowded towards the end of branches; lamina usually palmately 3-5-lobed, cordate, 10-20 cm long, 12-25 cm broad; stipules lanceolate. Panicle short, terminal. Flowers covered with red or orange-red coral-like pubescence, appearing before the leaves; pedicel 5-7 mm long. Calyx broadly tubular or funnel-shaped, hairy at the base within, 2-3 cm long with 2-3 mm long triangular lobes. Staminal column red, with 10-30 sessile, yellow anthers. Styles short, recurved. Follicles lanceolate-elliptic to oblong, 4-7 cm long, straw coloured, reticulate, 2-seeded. Seeds yellow, wrinkled or smooth, ovoid, c. 1 cm long.
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