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  Acanthus ebracteatus
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Acanthus ebracteatus Vahl, Symb. Bot. 2: 75. t. 40. 1791; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 481. 1885; Remadevi & Binoj., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 24:241. 2000; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 531. 2009.
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  Description: Shrubs to 1.5 m high; stem glabrous, internode 2.5 to 3 cm long, spines paired at the base of the petiole, straight. Leaves opposite, pinnatifid, c. 7.5 x 2.5 cm, serrations spinous; petiole c. 0.5 cm long. Flowers in terminal c. 3.5 cm long racemes; bract early caduceus; bracteoles 2, c. 8 x 3 mm, lanceolate, acute, puberulous along margins. Calyx lobes 4, unequal; outer 2 c. 1.5 x 1 cm, inner 2 c. 1 x 0.5 cm, pubescent along margins. Corolla tube c. 0.5 cm, lobes c. 3.6 x 3 cm, white, upper lip obsolete, lower lip elongate, obovate, shortly 3 lobed. Stamens 4, didynamous, filaments stout, curved, c. 1.5 cm and 1.3 cm long; anthers 1 celled, bearded, 1 cm long. Ovary 0.5 cm long; style 3.5 cm long, shortly bifid. Capsule ellipsoid and compressed; seeds 4.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-April
  District(s): Alappuzha
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Mangroves
  Distribution: South East Asia: Exotic
  Aquatic: Yes
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Aroor
   
 
   
 
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