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Miliusa eriocarpa Dunn in Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1: 21. 1915. Miliusa indica Leschen. ex DC. var. tomentosa Hook. f. & Thomson in Fl. Brit. India 1: 86. 1872.

Shrubs, erect or scandent, 2 - 4 m tall, much-branched; young branches strigose. Leaves ovate-oblong or elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, rounded at base, obtuse, acute or slightly acuminate at apex, 4.5 - 9 x 2.4 - 2.8 cm, glabrous above or pubescent on both surfaces with straight hairs, especially on midrib and margins; petioles 1 - 2 mm long, tomentose. Flowers greenish pink, bisexual, solitary, axillary; pedicels absent or 2 - 3 mm long, pubescent; pedicels ca 3 mm long, reddish; bracts at the middle or below, triangular, ca 2 mm long. Sepals 3, free, triangular or ovate, acute, 2 - 3 mm long, glabrous, strigose along margins. Petals 6 (3 + 3); outer petals like the sepals, lanceolate, 3 - 4 mm long; inner ones coherent at the base up to the middle when young, then free, ovate, acute, 10 - 17 x 3 - 5 mm, glabrous. Stamens many, ca 1 mm long; connectives short, rounded, apiculate, nor concealing the anthers. Carpels few, oblong, ca 2 mm long, grey tomentose; stigma sessile, spathulate, glabrous. Ripe carpels many, obliquely ellipsoid or oblong, short-stalked or sessile, apiculate, pubescent.

Fl. May - Sept.; Fr. July - Nov.

Distrib. India: In hilly regions of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.


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