Pavetta breviflora DC - RUBIACEAE


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Botanical descriptions :

Habit : Large shrub or small trees up to 4 m tall.
Trunk\bark : Bark grey, smooth.
Branchlets : Young branchlets angular, terete when mature, glabrous.
Leaves : Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules lanceolate, intrapetiolar, sheathing, caducous and leaving scar; petioles 1-1.5 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 8-10 x 2.5-3 cm, obovate - oblanceolate, apex acute, base attenuate, margin entire, prominently glandular between secondary_nerves, glabrous beneath; midrib raised above; secondary_nerves 6-9 pairs; tertiary_nerves broadly reticulate.
Flowers : Inflorescence corymbose cymes, terminal or axillary; flowers white; pedicel 0.3 cm long.
Fruit& seed : Berry, with 2 pyrenes; seeds one per pyrene.

Ecology :

Undergrowth in high elevation evergreen forests above 1600 m.

Distribution :

Endemic to the Western_Ghats- Nilgiris and Palani hills.

Literature :

Fl. Sylv. T. 327. 1873; Gamble, Fl. Madras 2: 633. 1993 (re. ed); Sasidharan, Biodiversity documentation for Kerala- Flowering Plants, part 6: 228. 2004.

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