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  Aristea ecklonii
 
  Family: IRIDACEAE
  Citation:  Aristea ecklonii Baker, J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 16: 112. 1877; Sivar. & Pradeep, Rheedea 5: 173. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 39. 1996; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 79. 1998. Aristea dichotoma Ecklon, Linnaea 34: 555. 1865-66, non Ker. 1803. Aristea paniculata Pax in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 151. 1892 Aristea maitlandii Hutch. in Hutch. & Dalz., Fl. W. Trop. Africa. II, 2: 374. 1936.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Aristea
  Description: Rootstock short, woody; roots fibrous. Leaves basal, linear, to 60 x 1.2 cm, arching, base reddish, apex acute. Inflorescence paniculate; axes winged; branches subtended by foliaceous bracts. Flowers in clusters of 2-4, subtended by a bract. Perianth rotate, 2 cm wide, blue; tube very short; lobes 3 +3, emarginate; outer oblong, 10 x 5 mm, clearly veined; inner ovate, 15 x 9 mm. Stamens 3, exserted; filaments filiform, purple; anthers subsagittate. Ovary inferior, oblong, 3-celled and 3-angled; ovules numerous, superposed; style as long as stamens; stigma 3-lobed. Capsule 2.5 cm, woody, sharply angled; seeds numerous.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-December
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Introduced as garden plant, now getting established in the grasslands
  Distribution: Tropical America and South Africa
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Munnar, Devicolam
   
 
   
 
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