Fragrant Panama Rose
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Fragrant Panama Rose
ntroduced elliptic Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Fragrant Panama rose, Sweet Smelling Rondeletia
Botanical name: Rondeletia odorata    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family)

Originally from Panama and Cuba, Fragrant Panama rose is an evergreen shrub, up to 2 m tall. Leaves are opposite, ovate, elliptic, or elliptic-oblong, 2-5 x 1-3.5 cm. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in several to many flowered cymes, 2-3 x 3-4.5 cm, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 0.7-1.5 cm. Bracts are narrowly triangular to ovate or elliptic, 2-15 mm, pointed; flower-stalks 1.5-5 mm. Sepal-cup with ovary portion spherical, 1.5-2 mm, densely bristly to pilosulous; sepals 5, narrowly triangular to linear, 4-5 mm. Flower are bright orange-red with yellow throat, pinwheel shaped, bristly outside; tube 1.2-2 cm; petals nearly round, about 3.5 x 4 mm, crisped, blunt to rounded. Capsules are spherical to depressed spherical, 3-4 mm in diameter, densely hirtellous or villosulous.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Lodhi Garden & Garden of Five Senses, Delhi

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