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  Kleinhovia hospita
 
  Family: STERCULIACEAE
  Citation:  Kleinhovia hospita L., Sp. Pl. (ed. 2) 1365. 1763; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 364. 1874; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 113(81). 1915; K.C. Malick in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 434. 1993; V. Chithra in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 459. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 137. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Guest Tree
  Description: Medium-sized trees; branchlets tomentose. Leaves broadly ovate or suborbicular, cordate at base, entire at margin, acuminate at apex, 10-15 x 8-12 cm, glabrous; stipules ensiform. Flowers in large large, terminal panicles; bracteoles linear to ensiform. Sepals 5, linear-lanceolate, 6-7 mm long, basally connate, pubescent outside. Petals 5, unequal, shorter than sepals, rosy. Staminal tube adnate to gynophore with a 5-fid cup at top, each segment with 3 anthers; staminodes 5, acute. Ovary 5-loculed; style slender, divided. Capsules pyriform, inflated, membranous, loculicidal, 5-valved; seeds tubercled.
  Habit: Tree
  Flowering & Fruiting: March-September
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as ornamental tree
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia and Tropical Africa
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Alleppey town
   
 
   
 
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