Monographs Details: Pavonia aurelii Fryxell
Authority: Fryxell, Paul A. 1999. Cavanilles (Malvaceae). Fl. Neotrop. Monogr. 76: 1-284. (Published by NYBG Press)
Family:Malvaceae
Scientific Name:Pavonia aurelii Fryxell
Description:Latin Diagnosis - Suffrutices dense tomentosi; laminis foliorum ovatis dis-coloribus; floribus solitariis; bracteis involucellorum 7-8 quam calyces subaequantibus; corollis 4 cm longis roséis; fructibus transverse costatis oblatis-pentagularibus, mericarpiis apiculatis plus minusve dehiscentibus.

Species Description - Shrubs with stems densely tomentose, the hairs 0.3-0.4 mm long. Leaf blades ovate, 6-10 x 4.5-8 cm, basally cordate to subtruncate, serrate, acute or acuminate, palmately 7-9-nerved, discolorous, softly tomentose on both surfaces; petioles 3.5-8.5 cm long (subequal to blade to half length of blade), with pubescence like stem; stipules filiform, 12-13 mm long, tomentose. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, the pedicels 1-5 cm long, tomentose like stem; involu-cellar bracts 7-8, ligulate, 10-11 mm long, softly tomentose (hairs 0.3-0.4 mm long); calyx 9-10 cm long (subequal to involucel or a little shorter), softly tomentose, half-divided, the lobes 3-ribbed; petals 4 cm long, rose, externally with scattered simple and stellate hairs; staminal column ca. 2 cm long, slender, glabrous, the filaments 1-1.5 mm long; styles exserted from column for ca. 9 mm, free for distal 4 mm, minutely glandular-pubescent. Fruits ca. 8 mm diam., transversely ribbed, oblate-pentangular; mericarps more or less dehiscent, glabrous except pubescent on triangular subapical apiculum ca. 1 mm long.

Discussion:The specific epithet is chosen to honor the collector of the type specimen, Aurelio Schinini (b. 1943), discriminating collector of South American plants.
Distribution:Paraguay South America| Amambay Paraguay South America|