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  Balanophora fungosa var. minor ssp. indica
 
  Family: BALANOPHORACEAE
  Citation:  Balanophora fungosa J.R. & G.Forst. ssp. indica (Arn.) Hansen var. minor (Eichl.) Hansen, Dansk. Bot. Ark. 28: 106. 1972; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 42. 1998. Balanophora indica (Arn.) Wall. ex Griff. var. minor Eichl. in DC., Prodr. 17: 145. 1873.
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  Description: Herbs; root parasite, fleshy; root stock globular; peduncle stout, to 15 cm long, 2 cm thick, yellowish inside; covered by imbricating sheathing leaves. Flowers dioecious, densely packed in globose or oblong, heads; male and female flowers dissimilar. Male perianth lobes 5, valvate, erect, yellowish; stamens 5, filaments united into a column; anthers horse-shoe-shaped. Female perianth absent; ovary 1-celled; style long, slender, ovules solitary. Fruit a 1-seeded capsule.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-March
  District(s): Palakkad, Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad
  Medicinal: Yes
  Habitat: Shola forests
  Distribution: Indo-Malesia to Australia
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: Yes
  Flower colour(s): Red, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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