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  Asclepias physocarpa
 
  Family: ASCLEPIADACEAE
  Citation:  Asclepias physocarpa (Meyer) Schltr. in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 21. Biebl. liv. 8. 1895; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 833(585). 1923; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 537. 2009. Gomphocarpus physocarpus Meyer, Comm. Pl. Afr. Austr. 202. 1838.
  Malayalam Name(s):
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Balloon cottonbush, Balloon Plant
  Description: Compact subshrub; branchlets downy pubescent; latex milky. Leaves decussate, linear-lanceolate, to 12 x 1.2 cm, tapering at both ends, margins revolute; petiole 1 cm. Cymes umbel-like, solitary at nodes; peduncle to 3 cm; pedicel to 3 cm; bracts linear, 1 cm. Calyx-lobes 5, lanceolate, 7.5 mm. Corolla cream, 1 cm wide; lobes 5, ovate, 9 x 6 mm, reflexed, margin bearded. Corona staminal, in 1 series, of 5 erect, 4 mm segments strongly compressed laterally, attached to staminal column. Stamens 5; connective produced; pollen masses solitary per cell, pendulous. Carpels 2, oblong, echinate. Follicles obliquely ovoid, inflated, to 5.5 x 3.5 cm, covered with long bristles; stalk to 5 cm; seeds comose.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-June
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grown as garden plant, sometimes seen as an escape
  Distribution: Native of South Africa
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: Yes
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
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