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  Malvaviscus penduliflorus
  Citation:  Malvaviscus penduliflorus DC., Prod. 1: 445. 1824; Sivar. & Pradeep, Malvac. Southern Peninsular India 167. 1996; M. Mohanan & A.V.N. Rao in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 435. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 125. 2009. Malvaviscus arboreus Cav. var. penduliflorus (DC.) Schery, Ann. Miss. Bot. Gard. 29: 223. 1942; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 45. 1982; T.K. Paul & M.P. Nayar, Fasc. Fl. Ind. 19: 179. 1988; T.K. Paul in B.D. Sharma & Sanjappa, Fl. India 3: 394. 1993. Malvaviscus arboreus ssp. penduliflorus (DC.) Hadae, Folia Geobot. Phytotax. 5: 432. 1970. Malvaviscus longifolius Garcke, Allg. Gartenzeitung 22. 321. 1854.
  Malayalam Name(s): Molakuchembarathy
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Turk's Cap
  Description: Shrubs, to 3 m high; stems erect, branched, glabrous or pubescent with a row of simple hairs when young. Leaves alternate, elliptic or ovate, 3-angled, truncate or shallowly cordate at base, serrate-dentate at margin, acuminate at apex, 5-10 x 2-5 cm, glabrous; petioles 4-6 cm long, hirsute; stipules linear, 3-4 mm long, sparsely strigose. Flower axillary, solitary; pedicel ca 5 cm long, pubescent. Epicalyx lobes 5-8, connate at base, lanceolate or spatulate, 4-5 mm long, glabrous. Calyx tubular, 5-lobed; lobes ovate, acute, sparsely hairy at margin. Corolla crimson-red; Petals obovate, ca 6 cm long, erect, not spreading, auricled at base, angled at apex. Staminal column ca 8 cm long, 5-toothed at apex, antheriferous at tip, filaments retrorse. Ovary globose-depressed, hairy; stylar arms 10; stigmas hairy, purple. Fruiting unusual.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): All Districts
  Habitat: Cultivated as garden plant, often found as an escape
  Distribution: Native of Tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Red, Pink, Rose
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Localities: Cheppad
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