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Scale bar 10mm. Copyright CSIRO
Leaves and Flowers. Copyright CSIRO
Habit and leaves. Copyright G. Sankowsky
Cotyledon stage, epigeal germination. Copyright CSIRO
10th leaf stage. Copyright CSIRO
Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn.
Bennet, J.J. (1838) Plantae Javanicae Rariores 1: 67. Type: ?.
Pouzolzia indica var. alienata (L.) Wedd., Archives du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle 9: 399(1856), Type: ?. Parietaria zeylanica L., Species Plantarum: 1052(1753), Type: Ceylon, P. Hermann; holo: BM. Pouzolzia arnhemica F.Muell., Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae 4: 87(1864), Type: Northern Territory, Victoria River, F. Mueller & Wilson; holo: ?. Parietaria indica L., Mant. Pl. 1: 128(1767), Type: Asia, collector unknown. Pouzolzia indica (L.) Wight, Icones Plantarum Indiae Orientales 6: 43(1853), Type: ?.
Graceful Pouzolzbush; Pouzolzbush, Graceful
Usually flowers and fruits as a herb but occasionally grows into a shrub about 1 m tall.
Leaf blades about 7.5-9.5 x 3-4.5 cm, petioles about 0.5-4.5 cm long. Stipules about 3-5 mm long, clothed in long white hairs.
Fruits enclosed in the persistent, hairy perianth. Fruits pyriform, about 2.5 x 2 mm. Seeds about 2 x 1.8 mm, testa thin and glabrous. Cotyledons about 1 x 1.5 mm, broader than long, slightly cordate at the base. Radicle straight and thick, about 0.6 x 0.5 mm.
Cotyledons orbicular, about 7-8 mm diam. First pair of leaves opposite, leaf blades ovate, upper surface clothed in numerous 'glandular' humps and long, pale hairs. Stipules hairy. At the tenth leaf stage: leaf blade clothed in numerous 'glandular' humps on the upper surface and also strigose with a sparse covering of pale, broad-based hairs. Midrib and lateral veins depressed on the upper surface. Leaf blade 3-veined at the base.
Distribution and Ecology
This species may have medicinal properties. (http://squid2.laughingsquid.net/hosts/herbweb.com /herbage/A21547.htm)
This species has been used medicinally in Malaysia and Indonesia. Cribb (1981).
Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
Shrub (woody or herbaceous, 1-6 m tall)