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  Gymnostachyum canescens
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Gymnostachyum canescens (Nees) Anders., J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 9: 505. 1867; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 509. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1053(738). 1924; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 336. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 349. 1990; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 21. 1996; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 339. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 499. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 295. 1998; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 113. 2000; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 229. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 379. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 611. 2009. Cryptophragmium canescens Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 100. 1832.
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  Description: Subshrubs, stem hirsute. Leaves 15-20 x 10-12 cm, broadly elliptic, apex acuminate, base acute. Cymes axillary, panicled, hirsute; bracts and bracteoles similar, 2 mm long, ovate. Flowers many, densely packed; sepals 5 mm long, glandular hairy; corolla greenish white, 15 mm long, tube 10 mm long, narrow, lobes obtuse, hispid; anthers unequal, glabrous. Capsule 16 x 2 mm, oblong, acute, hirsute; seeds many, orbicular, golden brown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-January
  District(s): Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kannur, Thrissur, Wayanad
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  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
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  Localities: Sholayar, Arjunankotta, Koruthode, Kamamudi, Adimalai, Upper Moozhiar, Nedumpoyil, Silent Valley R. F., Pooyamkutty, Nadugani ghats, Saivila, Damodaran Kolle
   
 
   
 
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