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  Blepharis maderaspatensis
  Citation:  Blepharis maderaspatensis (L.) Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 320. 1821; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 478. 1884; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 573(a); Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 346. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 345. 1994; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 232. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 227. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 507. 2002. Acanthus maderaspatensis L., Sp. Pl. 639. 1753. Blepharis boerhaviifolia Pers., Syn. Pl. 2: 180. 1806; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 478. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1013(712). 1924.
  Malayalam Name(s): Elumbotti, Hemakandi, Murikootipacha
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Prostrate herbs. Leaves ternate, unequal, 3-5 x 2 cm, obovate, apex apiculate, puberulus, margins distantly serrate; petiole to 3 cm. Flowers axillary; bracts 4 pairs, obovate, margins dentate with stiff elongated hairs, bracteoles 1.5 cm, spathulate; outer calyx lobes 1.3 cm and 1.8 cm, oblong, 2 and 3 veined, inner 8 mm; corolla tube urceolate, 5 mm, lower lip reduced, upper lip 3 lobed, 18 x 12 mm, white with pink nerves; filaments 4 and 5 mm, anthers 1-celled, apiculate, bearded; ovary 2.5 mm, oblong, style 1 cm, with a basal ring.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-February
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, Thrissur
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Dry deciduous forests, also in the plains
  Distribution: Tropical Africa to India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 500-800
  Localities: Chinnar, Keerapady, Attapady block-Mukkali, Olavakkot, Attayar
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