Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers

 
  • Family : RUBIACEAE
    (MADDER or COFFEE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Rubiaceae
  • Basionym : Ophiorrhiza lanceolata Forssk.
  • Synonym(s) : Pseudomussaenda lanceolata (Forssk.) Wernham
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Pentas lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers
  • Common name : Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas, Star flower, Star cluster
  • Vernacular name : Pentas (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Habitat : Grown as garden plant
  • Comments / notes : Widely planted in gardens; attracts butterflies
  • Key identification features : An erect undershrub, densely hispid. Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate, acute. Flowers pale pink, purple, red or white. Corolla-tube dialated and villous in the throat. Ovary 2-celled, cells many-ovuled. Fruit a loculicidal capsule. Seeds many, minute
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Native : Africa, Yemen
  • World Distribution : Widely cultivated
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Pentas lanceolata. Downloaded on 7 December 2019.

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