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  Achyranthes aspera var. aspera
 
  Family: AMARANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Achyranthes aspera L., Sp. Pl. 204. 1753, var. aspera; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 730. 1885; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1176(823). 1925; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 245. 1982; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 311. 1985; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 331. 1989; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 329. 1984; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 375. 1988; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 662. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 385. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 375. 1994; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 295. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 15. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 367. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 557. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 252. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 327. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 257. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 253. 2002; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 588. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 667. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Kadaladi, Vankadaladi, Valiyakadaladi
  Tamil name(s): Apamarg
  English name(s): Prickly chaff flower, Rough chaff
  Description: Large herbs; stem tomentose. Leaves simple, opposite, 6-10 x 3-6 cm, broadly elliptic to obovate, apex abruptly acuminate, tomentose, nerves 6 pairs; petiole 5 mm long. Spike to 20 cm long, hispid; bracts 6 mm long, lanceolate, aristate; bracteoles entire, aristate. Flowers deflexed; tepals 7.5 x 2 mm, elliptic, acute, glabrous, equal; ovary truncate at apex. Achenes 3 mm long, ovoid, brown.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-March
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests and forest plantations, also in the plains
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Green, Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Peechi, Kattalappara, Chinnar, Koruthode, Thunakkadavu, Kannoth, Panathur, Nileswar, Walayar, Aroor, Vazhikadavu, Thenmalai, Vandalodu, Ariankavu, Elderslide Estate
   
 
   
 
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