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  Alternanthera pungens
 
  Family: AMARANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Alternanthera pungens Kunth in HBK, Nov. Gen. Sp. 2: 206. 1817; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 376. 1988; Antony, Syst. Stud. Fl. Kottayam Dist. 333. 1989; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 329. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 254. 2002; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 591. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 670. 2009.
  Malayalam Name(s): Ottara mul, Thevadiyaal mul
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Khaki weed
  Description: Prostrate herbs. Leaves to 1.5 x 1 cm, deltoid to obovate, apex obtuse, base narrowed, short, glabrous. Spikes to 10 x 6 mm, 2-3 together, axillary, sessile; bracts and bracteoles equal, 5 mm long, scarious, aristate. Flowers densely packed; tepals 5, outer three larger, 5 mm long, lanceolate, aristate, one oblong, obtuse, inner smaller, boat shaped, keeled, aristate, all 3-ribbed, barbed at base; stamens 5, filaments united at base; ovary obovoid, stigma capitate.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: May-June
  District(s): Palakkad, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Idukki, Kannur, Wayanad
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Wastelands and degraded deciduous forests
  Distribution: Native of American; now wide spread as a weed in the tropics and subtropics of the Old World
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Thekkady, Kuchimudi, Baveli, Arattupuzha
   
 
   
 
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