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  Boesenbergia pulcherrima
  Citation:  Boesenbergia pulcherrima (Wall.) O. Ktze., Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 685. 1891; Mangaly & Swarup., Bull. Bot. Surv. India 23: 235. 1981; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 377. 1985; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 310. 1988; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 467. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 498. 1990; Sabu, Taxonomic Phylogenetic Stud. Zingiberac. 186. 1991; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 379. 1995; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 14. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 458. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 335. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 706. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 446. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 341. 2002; Sabu, Zingiberaceae and Costaceae of South India 121. 2006; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 860. 2009. Gastrochilus pulcherrimus Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 1: 22,t.24. 1829; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 6: 217. 1890.
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  Description: Suberect herbs, 15-25 cm high. Leaves few, scattered, to 13 x 6 cm, broadly elliptic, acute at both ends, thinly tomentose beneath; petiole to 2 cm long; sheath saccate. Spikes to 5 cm long, terminal, one sided; bracts 20 x 8 mm, obovate, obtuse; bracteoles tubular, deeply cleft to the base. Flowers solitary in each bracts. Calyx tube short, truncate. Corolla tube 15 mm long; lobes equal, 10 x 4 mm, oblong. Labellum 20 x 15 mm, obovate, acute, white with brown spots. Lateral staminodes 10 x 5 mm obovate. Filaments 2 mm long; anthers parallel, not crested. Ovary 3-celled, oblong; ovules few; style filiform. Fruit an oblong capsule.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: July-October
  District(s): Palakkad, Kasaragode, Idukki, Malappuram, Kannur, Kollam, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Monocotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
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  Localities: Peechi, Kattalappara, Koruthode, Orukomban, Walayar, Dhoni R. F., Nilikkal, Mukkali slopes, Ezhimala, Kannoth, Panathur, Mukkali forests, Konnakadu, Vaniampuzha, Vandalodu
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