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Julostylis polyandra Ravi & Anil Kumar in J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 87: 260. 1990.

Small trees; branchlets rusty stellate-tomentose. Leaves 4 - 21 x 2 - 18 cm, suborbicualr to ovate. Often palmately 3-angled or lobed, cordate at base, tapering to obtuse at apex, subentire, palmately 5-nerved at base with elongated nectary on central nerve beneath. sparsely stellate-tomentose on both surfaces; petioles 1 - 8 cm long, terete, tomentose. Flowers in a congested pyramidal panicle; pedicels up to 1.5 cm long; bracts 3 x 1 mm, elliptic-oblong, rusty tomentose outside; bracteoles shorter than bracts, obovate, tomentose outside. Epicalyx 4 - 6, slightly connate at base, ca 15 x 8 mm, segments triangular-ovate, subcordate at base, acute to subacute at apex, pubescent, ultimately spreading. Sepals connate up to the middle, lobes 8 - 10 x 5 - 6 mm, triangular, subacute, 3-nerved. Petals 5, free, 1.5 - 2.0 x 1 cm, narrowly obovate, stellate-pubescent outside. Staminal column 5 - 7 mm long, 5-toothed at apex, acicular; stamens 20, rarely 17 - 19, ovary ca 2 mm long, bilocular with 2 ovules in each locule; styles 1.5 cm long branched or rarely unbranched; stigmas peltate, thickened. Fruits ca 5 x 6 mm, shortly beaked, indehiscent with stellate and simple hairs. Seeds ca 4 mm long, reniform, stellate-hairy.

Fl. & Fr. Aug. - Jan.

India: Tropical evergreen forests of Western Ghats. Kerala.

Notes. So far known only by two collections from Quilon and Trivandrum districts of Kerala.

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