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  Aerva persica
 
  Family: AMARANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Aerva persica (Burm. f.) Merr., Philipp. J. Sci. 19: 348. 1928; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 375. 1994. Iresine persica Burm. f., Fl. Ind. 212. 1768. Aerva javanica (Burm. f.) Juss. ex Schult. in Roem. & Schult., Syst. Veg. 5: 565. 1819. Iresine javanica Burm. f., Fl. Ind. 218. 1768. Aerva tomentosa Forssk., Fl. Aeg.-Arab. 22. 1775; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1178(824). 1925.
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  Description: Much branched, erect, perennial undershrubs, up to 1 m high; stem terete, covered with thick, easily detachable tomentum. Leaves alternate, 5-12 x 1.5-2.5cm, linear oblong or oblong-spathulate, obtuse or acute at apex, rarely retuse, tomentose on both surfaces, sessile. Flowers unisexual, dioecious, dull-white, sessile, in linear, 2.5-15 cm long, spikes, the spikes arranged in terminal, leafless panicles; bracteoles broadly ovate, acute, white, hyaline. Male flowers: perianth lobes 5, elliptic, oblong, subobtuse, wooly on dorsal surface; pistillode ovoid, acute, usually shortly stipulate with short style; stigma minutely bifid. Female flowers: perianth 2.5 mm long, lobes oblong, subacute, apiculate; stigma 2 as long as the style. Fruit an orbicular-ovoid utricle.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Thiruvananthapuram
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  Habitat: Scrub jungles
  Distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of 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: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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