Monographs Details: Pavonia leiocarpa Urb.
Fryxell, Paul A. 1999. Cavanilles (Malvaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 76: 1-284. (Published by NYBG Press)
Description:Species Description - Shrubs 2-3 m tall, the stems stellate-pubescent (hairs ca. 0.5 mm long, curled), the pubescence usually in longitudinal rows, with a few larger (1 mm long or more) 3-4-armed spicules scattered on younger growth. Leaf blades ovate, mostly 4-9 x 2-5 cm, basally cordate to truncate, crenate, acute or acuminate, palmately 5-7-nerved, discolorous, both surfaces with scattered simple and bifurcate (occasionally stellate) hairs of variable size; petioles 2-4(-6) cm long, stellate-pubescent, densely so on adaxial side, the hairs somewhat longer and denser at distal end; stipules 1-2 mm long, subulate, often reflexed. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, the pedicels 2-5 cm long; involucellar bracts 5, linear or narrowly triangular, 5-6 x 1-1.5 mm, briefly connate at base or essentially distinct, often reflexed, ciliate; calyx 7-11 mm long, sparsely pubescent; corolla 2-2.5 cm long, reddish; androecium subequal to corolla, the filaments 5-7 mm long; styles emergent from the androecium, slender, glabrous. Fruits 7-9 mm diam., subglabrous; mericarps 3-4.5 mm long, smoothly rounded, sometimes reticulately veined (but not nerved).
Discussion:Pavonia leiocarpa is similar to P lasiopetala in having smooth carpels and non-exserted genitalia.
Distribution:Haiti South America
| Dominican Republic South America
| Azua Dominican Republic South America
| La Vega Dominican Republic South America
| San Juan Dominican Republic South America