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  Biophytum nervifolium
 
  Family: OXALIDACEAE
  Citation:  Biophytum nervifolium Thw., Enum. Pl. Zeyl. 64. 1858; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 76. 1988; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 95. 1994; Manna in Hajra et al., Fl. India 4: 234. 1997; N.P. Balakr. & W. Arisdason in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 572. 2005. Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC. var. nervifolium (Thw.) Edgew. & Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 437. 1874.
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  Description: Annual; stem very short, erect, unbranched. Leaves many, forming a crowded rosette, almost on ground; leaflets 8-12(-14) pairs, generally overlapping, terminal one the largest, broadly oblong, apiculate at apex, glabrous, paler beneath; lateral nerves very prominent. Peduncles stiff with appressed hairs. Flowers in dense umbels, crowded; pedicels shorter than sepals; bracts hairy. Sepals linear-lanceolate, rounded at base, acuminate at apex, 4.5-5 x 0.6-0.8 mm, hyaline at margin; nerves 7, prominent, parallel. Petals oblanceolate, attenuate at base, entire at margin, rounded at apex, 6-7 x 0.7-1 mm, with a distinct red midnerve. Ovary 2.5-3 mm long; styles hairy; stigma papillose. Capsules ovoid, 3-3.5 x 2.5-3 mm, shorter than sepals; seeds 0.9-1 x 0.6-0.8 mm, strongly and transversely 6-ribbed, not tubercled.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-March
  District(s): Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram
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  Habitat: Moist shady places
  Distribution: South India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Aralam, Kottur R.F.
   
 
   
 
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