Melastome Pouzolz's Bush   
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Melastome Pouzolz's Bush
P Native Herb elliptic Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Melastome Pouzolz's Bush
Botanical name: Pouzolzia pentandra    Family: Urticaceae (Nettle family)
Synonyms: Gonostegia pentandra, Urtica pentandra, Boehmeria melastomoidea

Melastome Pouzolz's Bush is a herb prostrate or ascending, often hanging at tip, or subshrub up to 50 cm tall, monoecious. Stems are 4-angled, strigillose on ridges. Leaves are opposite in lower stems, alternate in upper ones, becoming smaller and denser, stipules broadly ovate, about 1 mm; nearly stalkless; leaf blade: in lower stem linear-lanceshaped or oblong-elliptic, 0.9-5 × 0.5-1(-1.5) cm (in upper stem lanceshaped or narrowly ovate, 0.6-4 cm), thinly papery; 3-veined, base rounded or subheart-shaped, tip tapering or pointed. Glomerules bisexual, in upper stems. Male flowers: flower-stalk 2-3.5 mm; buds 2 mm in diam.; perianth lobes (4 or)5. Female flowers stalkless: perianth tube ellipsoid, about 2 mm, longitudinally 2(or 3)-winged, tip indistinctly 2(or 3)-toothed. Achene black, ovoid, about 1.5 mm. Afghanistan, Subtropical Himalaya, India, Ceylon, China, Malaysia. 150-900 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed on Mullayanagiri-Chikamagalur road, Karnataka.

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