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Pakistan | Family List | Bignoniaceae | Tecomella

Tecomella undulata (Roxb.) Seeman, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. Ser. 3,10:30. 1862. N.L.Bor, Man. Ind. For. Bot. 295.1953; Jafri, l.c.; Rech. f., l.c.; R.R.Stewart, l.c.; M.M.Bhandari, Fl. Ind. Desert,291.1978.

Vern: Lahura (Punjab).

  • Bignonia glauca Dcne.
  • Bignonia undulata Roxb.
  • Tecoma undulata (Roxb.)G. Don

    Small tree, 2.5-5 m tall. Leaves opposite, entire; lamina elliptic-oblong to elliptic-lanceolate or linear-oblong, 35-95 x (8-) 10-20 mm, margin undulate, petiole 6-18 mm long. Racemes condensed, 2-7-flowered. Bracts linear, 1.5-2 mm long, stellate pubescent; bracteoles 2, similar, c. 1.5 mm long. Pedicel 13-14 mm long. Flowers large, attractive, orange-red. Calyx campanulate, 12-13 mm long, unequally 5-lobed; obtuse-apiculate, minutely and sparsely glandular-pubescent. Corolla tube broad funnel-shaped, dilated at base; lobes sub-orbicular, 20-25 x 28-32 mm. Filaments of longer stamens 37-38 mm long; staminode 16-17 mm long. Disk cupular-compressed, 5-lobed. Ovary broad linear, c. 4.5 mm long; style c. 40 mm long, stigmas 2, oblong-ovate, compressed, 4.5-5 mm long. Capsule 17-34 x 0.9-1.2 cm, linear-oblong, laterally compressed, slightly curved, apex beaked with wing, 20 mm broad.

    Fl.Per: April-May, but early January/February in the South.

    Type locality: Described from India.

    Distribution: Arabia, S. Iran, E.Afghanistan, Pakistan & NW. India.

    Found up to 1300 m. Parker (l.c.) mentions that it is occasionally cultivated for its showy flowers and may grow to a large size. The wood is said to be fire resistant. The bark is medicinal. The leaves are used as a fodder for goats and cattle. The wood is used for furniture and carving. The seeds are used in the treatment of sores and abscesses etc.


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