30. Reinwardtia indica Dumortier LINACEAE

Hindi: basanti, बसंती

Hand coloured etching of Reinwardtia indica from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine t. 1100

A member of the flax family which is unusual in having individuals with three different flower forms (a condition known as ‘tristyly’). These differ in relative lengths of stamens and pistils, and only different forms are fertile with each other. This small shrub is cultivated as an ornamental, but is native to mainland South and South-East Asia where it occurs on hills up to 2300 metres. It is used medicinally to treat paralysis and its crushed leaves are said to be applied to maggot-infested wounds. Caspar Georg Carl Reinwardt (1773–1854) was a Dutch botanist who worked mainly with the plants of Indonesia.

 

     

    RBGE Living Collections Accession Factsheet
    Accession Number:19802209
    Scientific Name:Reinwardtia indica Dumort.
    Family:Linaceae
    Genus:Reinwardtia
    Epithet:indica
    Plant:19802209C
    Location:/Living Collections/Inverleith/G47/0440D
    Plant:19802209A
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19802209B
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
    Plant:19802209D
    Location:/Living Collections/Unplaced
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     Location: 55.966581696,-3.207685419