Round-Petal Luculia
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Round-Petal Luculia
ative Photo: Kiran Srivastava
Common name: Round-Petal Luculia • Mizo: Parrimtui
Botanical name: Luculia pinceana    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Round-Petal Luculia is an evergreen shrub, very similar to Pleasant Luculia, found in the so-called Khasia hills of NE India. This plant resembles Pleasant Luculi in general habit, but has larger and more fragrant flowers. It has smaller, narrower, more leathery leaves, with more numerous nerves. The best character, however, to distinguish between the two species is the presence of a raised growth on the petals of the flowers of Round-Petal Luculia. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3-5 cm tall. It bears large white or pinkish, fragrant flowers in large terminal domed clusters. Round-Petal Luculia is found in East Himalaya to Eastern Coast of China. Flowering: June-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Upper Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh.

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