Pentapetes phoenicea

Species: Pentapetes phoenicea

English Name: Purple-red Pentapetes

Chinese Name: 午時花

Family: Sterculiaceae

Annual herbs, 0.5-1 m tall, sparsely stellate hairy. Petiole 1-2.5 cm; leaf blade linear-lanceolate, 5-10 × 1-2 cm, base broadly cuneate, rounded or truncate, margin crenate, apex acuminate. Flowers opening at noon, closing at dawn. Calyx lobes lanceolate, ca. 1 cm, abaxially stellate velutinous and hispid. Petals red, broadly ovate, ca. 12 mm. Staminodes tongue-shaped, 12-13 × ca. 1 mm. Ovary ovoid, villous; ovules 8-12 per cell; style filiform, glabrous, ca. 1 cm. Capsule nearly globose, ca. 1.2 cm in diam., densely stellate hairy and hispid, shorter than persistent calyx. Fl. summer-autumn.

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– Wu ZY, Raven PH, Hong DY (eds) (2007). Flora of China, Volume 12: Hippocastanaceae through Theaceae. Science Press, Beijing, and Missouri Bot Garden Press, St. Louis