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Genus Pavonia Family Malvaceae

Description: Perennial herbs or shrubs with stellate hairs.

Leaves sometimes angular, margins ± toothed.

Flowers axillary and solitary or in terminal heads or clusters. Epicalyx segments 5, free or fused, attached near base of calyx. Calyx 5-lobed. Staminal column truncate or 5-toothed, with some free filaments; stamens 5–10. Ovary 5-locular, each loculus 1-ovulate; styles 10 with capitate stigmas.

Fruit dehiscent or indehiscent, ± awned.


Distribution and occurrence: World: c. 200 species, tropical & subtropical regions. Australia: 1 species (naturalized).

Text by A. S. Mitchell & E. H. Norris
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Pavonia hastata

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