Rhodomyrtus tomentosa

MYRTACEAE

Flowering & Fruiting: Feb – May

Habitat: Shola forest & Grassland

Distribution: Indo-Malesia and China

Description

Stout shrubs, densely tomentose; branchlets terete. Leaves to 5 x 2.5 cm, elliptic-obovate, 3-ribbed, densely white-tomentose below; petiole 5 mm long. Cymes 15 cm broad, terminal or upper axillary. Flowers pedicelled, calyx tube globose, 6 mm long, pink, densely tomentose, lobes 5, orbicular; petals 5, white, orbicular, hairy outside; stamens many, filaments 8 mm long, pink; ovary 2-3-celled; style stellate, ovules few, hairy. Capsule 10 mm across; globose, densely hairy.

Citation

Rhodomyrtustomentosa(Sol. ex Ait.) Hassk., Flora 25: 35. 1842; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 469. 1878; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 471(533). 1919; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 104. 1988; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 61. 1998; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 260. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 136. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 128. 1999.

 

MyrtustomentosaSol. ex Ait., Hort. Kew (ed. 1) 2: 159. 1789.