Grislea tomentosa Roxb.

Family: Lythraceae

Genus: Grislea


Published in Pl. Coromandel 1: 29: 31 in 1795. Status is unresolved in PlantList.

Tropicos says the name was superfluous, the correct name being Lythrum fruticosum L. 1759, which Roxb. referenced and which is the basionym of Woodfordia fruticosa (L.) Kurz 1871.

This beautiful shrub was considered by Linnaeus as a species of Lythrum, to which genus it is certainly allied. Dryander, in Roxburgh's Coromandel Plants, made it a species of Grislea, in which he has been followed in the Hortus Kewensis. Mr. Salisbury, in the Paradisus Londinensis, has thought proper to raise it to the rank of a genus, to which he gave the name of Woodfordia, in honour of Emp. John Alexander Woodford, Esq. who was formerly a great cultivator of rare plants at Vauxhall, and to whom our gardens are still indebted for several beautiful acquisitions from the Brazils. Native of China and of the East-Indies; growing in the hilly country in the northern provinces. Propagated by cuttings. Requires to be kept in the stove. Introduced in 1804, by Mr. William Salisbury, of the Botanic Garden, in Sloane-Street. Flowers in May and June. (Bot. Mag. 44: 1906 in 1816)

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 30 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the hills and valleys of the northern provinces of the Carnatic (India)... Introduced in 1804 by Mr. William Salisbury.

Its generic name commemorates the author of the Viridarium lusitanicum, Gabriel Grisley. Linnaeus had arranged this species under Lythrum; from whence it has been removed to the present genus by the late Mr. Dryander...

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Woodfordia floribunda Salisb. - synonym of Woodfordia fruticosa (L.) Kurz 1871.

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