Congea tomentosa

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Name and publication()

Congea tomentosa Roxb., Pl. Corom. 3: 90 (1819).

Description()

Called “orchid flowers” in the potpourri trade, the 3 or 4 involucral bracts are pale purple (in the native state), oblong, obovate-oblong, or broadly elliptic, 2-3 cm long x 0.8-1.2 cm wide, pubescent. The calyx is funnelform, about 7 mm long, lobes 1/2 as long as tube, outside densely pilose, inside pubescent.

Nativity and distribution()

Congea tomentosa is native to Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Family()

Verbenaceae, also placed in Symphoremataceae