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  Asystasia chelonoides
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Asystasia chelonoides Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 89. 1832; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 493. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1063(744). 1924; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 222. 1982; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 202. 1988; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 232. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 230. 1999; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 504. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 375. 2005. Asystasia chelonoides Nees var. quadrangularis Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 494. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1063(744). 1924; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 300. 1984; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 343. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 343. 1994.
  Malayalam Name(s): Murikootipacha
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Large herbs, sparsely puberulus. Leaves to 10 x 4.5 cm, elliptic-lanceolate, apex shortly acuminate, base acute, membranous; petiole to 4 cm. Racemes terminal, one sided, to 5 cm; pedicels to 1 cm; bracts 2 mm, bracteoles 2, calyx lobes 5 mm, lanceolate, pubescent; corolla tube 2.5 cm, lobes 1 cm; filaments 9 mm, hairy towards the apex; ovary 3 mm, hairy, style 2 cm long. Capsule 3 mm, elliptic with a contracted solid base.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode, Palakkad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Wet areas in deciduous forests and along the sides of water courses
  Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 700-1400
  Localities: Vazhachal, Pandimotta, Kurukku, Damsite, Valiyaparathode, Arampa, Kottur R.F., Chemungi, Meenmutty, Athirumala, Pongalapara
   
 
   
 
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