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  Ariopsis peltata
 
  Family: ARACEAE
  Citation:  Ariopsis peltata Nimmo in Graham, Cat. Pl. Bombay 252. 1839; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 519. 1893; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1580(1102). 1931; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 304. 1982; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 401. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 331. 1988; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 835. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 532. 1990; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 26. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 357. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 751. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 472. 1998; Sivad. in Manoharan et al., Silent Valley-Whispers Reason 232. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 365. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 755. 2002; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 903. 2009.
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  Description: Epiphytic or terrestrial annual herbs; rootstock globose, to 1 cm across. Leaves 1 or 2, peltate, lamina 5-9 cm across, orbicular, entire, membranous, glabrous; petiole to 8 cm long, slender. Peduncle 2-5 cm long, solitary; spathe yellow or white, 3 cm long, cymbiform, open, tube absent; spike 2.5 cm long, cylindrical, 3 mm, thick. Female flowers 5-7, on one side of the spike towards the lower part; ovary ovoid, 1-celled, ovules many, on parietal placentas; stigma 4-lobed. Male flowers sunken in upper fleshy part of spadix; stamens 3; anthers divaricate, pubescent.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: June-August
  District(s): Palakkad, Kasaragode, Idukki, Malappuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode, Kollam, Ernakulam, Wayanad, Thrissur, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: On wet rocks in evergreen forests, also in sacred grooves
  Distribution: India and Western Malesia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Yellow, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Altitude: 700-1500
  Localities: Kallar, Sabarimala, Karimala, Nilikkal, Karimbam, Parappa, Taliparamba, Dhoni R. F., Mukkali forests, Saivila, Pongalapara, Chemungi, Bonaccord, Attayar
   
 
   
 
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