Pavetta breviflora DC., Prodr. 4: 491 1830. (Syn: Ixora candolleana Kuntze; Pavetta breviflora var. subcoriacea Gamble);
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By Thamminen Pullaiah, K. Sri Ramamurthy (Description & Keys- indica, breviflora, tomentosa & hispidula)
Habit- Large shrub or small trees up to 4 m tall.
Trunk\bark- Bark grey, smooth.
Branchlets- Young branchlets angular, terete when mature, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate; stipules lanceolate, intrapetiolar, sheathing, caducous and leaving scar; petioles 1-1.5 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 8-10 x 2.5-3 cm, obovate-oblanceoalte, apex acute, base attenuate, margin entire, prominently glandular between secondary nerves, glabrous beneath; midrib raised above; secondary nerves 6-9 pairs; tertiary nerves broadly reticulate.
Flowers- Inflorescence corymbose cymes, terminal or axillary; flowers white; pedicel 0.3 cm long.
Fruit & seed- Berry, with 2 pyrenes; seeds one per pyrene
Undergrowth in high elevation evergreen forests above 1600 m.
Endemic to the Western Ghats- Nilgiris and Palani hills.
Nilgiris: Pavetta for confirmation 290613MK02 : Attachments (10). 2 posts by 2 authors.
I found this plant in a wet forest of Nilgiris. The forest type is locally called Shola. Is this Rubiaceae shrub, Pavetta breviflora? The characteristic feature of this plant is the presence of dark spots in leaves. Locally the plant is common.
The pictures here at BIOTIK shows similar plant.
Leaf: 10 cm long
Flower: c.1 cm across
Date: 19 June 2013
Place: Longwood Shola, Kotagiri, TN
Alt.: 1990 m asl
I think your id is correct. Please check it with any relevant flora.
Pavetta sp. ?
It is shown in the illustration at (though not menioned as such in the descrition) Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By Thamminen Pullaiah, K. Sri Ramamurthy (Description & Keys- indica, breviflora, tomentosa & hispidula)