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  Mollugo stricta
 
  Family: MOLLUGINACEAE
  Citation:  Mollugo stricta L., Sp. Pl. 2: 131. 1762; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 663. 1879; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 309. 1990; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 307. 1997; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 241. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 333. 2009. Mollugo pentaphylla sensu Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 553(390). 1919, non L. 1753. Mollugo pentaphylla L. var. rupestris Cooke, Fl. Bombay 1: 594. 1903; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 127. 1982.
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  Description: A slender, decumbent to erect, much branched, usually annual herb upto 30 cm tall with an angular stem; roots fragrant. Leaves 1.3-3.7 cm long and 0.3-1.8 cm wide, in whorls of 2-9, linear-lanceolate to obovate, apex obtuse, acute or apiculate, narrowed at the base; petioles obscure. Flowers white, greenish, orange or pink in lax, corymbose, terminal cymes; peduncles and pedicels filiform; bracts lanceolate; calyx glabrous; sepals greenish-white, 1.5-2.5 mm long, broadly elliptic-oblong, obtuse. Fruit (capsule) subglobose, about as long as sepals, with thin walls; seeds numerous, dark reddish-brown, covered with raised points.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kozhikkode
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Laterite slopes, sandy sea coasts and riverbanks
  Distribution: Pantropical
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Localities: Tiruvalla, Kayamkulam, Canoli, Vazhikadavu
   
 
   
 
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