Powderpuff Combretum
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Powderpuff Combretum
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Powderpuff Combretum
Botanical name: Combretum constrictum    Family: Combretaceae (Rangoon creeper family)
Synonyms: Combretum infundibuliforme, Combretum bussei, Poivrea constricta

Powderpuff Combretum is a very showy beautiful vining shrub or woody climber with red flowers. Leaves are almost opposite, blade elliptic or oblong, 3-12 x 1.5-6.5 cm, pointed to rounded at the tip, usually hairless or almost so. Leaf-stalk is 2-6 mm long, persisting as a blunt slightly curved spine. Flowers are 5-merous, in short head-like spikes. Lower receptacle c. 3-4 mm long, subglabrous, upper 1.0-1.8 cm long, funnel-shaped at the apex, constricted at the middle for 4-7 mm, nearly hairless. Sepals are reddish. Petals 4-8 x 1.5-2.5 mm, hairy, filaments 1.5-2.5 cm long. Fruit is 5-angled, sessile, c. 2.5 cm long, ellipsoid. Powderpuff Combretum is native to Somalia.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Maharshtra.
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