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  Hedyotis devicolamensis
 
  Family: RUBIACEAE
  Citation:  Hedyotis devicolamensis Deb & Dutta, Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 82: 619. 1985; Dutta & Deb, Taxonomic Revision Hedyotis 76. 2004.
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  Description: Shrubs or undershrubs, 1-2 m in height, branching above; stem obtusely angular, often with prominent ridges, grooved, compressed above, glabrous. Leaves 2.2-11 x 0.9-3.5 cm, ovate or elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse, acute or acuminate at apex, attenuate at base, sometimes revolute at margin, coriaceous, pale green or yellowish when dry, glabrous except pubescence along margin in young leaves; lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, oblique, usually strong; petiole 3-10 mm long; stipules 2.5-4 x 7-10 mm, pectinately elongating, with 7-11 bristles, pubescent to glabrous, glandular black at apex. Inflorescence terminal and axillary peduncled panicle of umbellate cymes, 1-7 x 2-5 cm, branches trichotomous or whorled, close, leafy, glabrous. Flowers 7-8 mm long, heterostylous; bracts foliaceous, 0.8-1 x 0.5-0.8 cm, lanceolate; bracteoles small, 0.5-1 mm long, fimbriate; pedicel 0.5-1 mm long. Hypanthium ovoid, 1-1.5 mm long, calyx limb 0.5-1 mm long; lobes 4, 2-3 x 1-1.5 mm, linear-lanceolate, acute, membranous, sparsely pubescent along the margin, dense rhaphides present all over. Corolla broadly tubular, usually with reflexed lobes, white or white with purple pigments or pale violet; tube 3.5-4 mm x 2-2.5 mm, often as long as the calyx lobes; lobes 2-3 mm x 1-1.5 mm oblong, acute, incurved, beaked at apex, puberulous outside, minute pubescent inside, dense pubescent at throat. Stamens 4, inserted or exserted; filaments 0.3-0.5 mm or 1-1.5 mm long, adnate to sinus of corolla lobes; anthers linear, 1.5-1.9 mm long. Ovary 0.7- 1 mm long, ovules many; styles 3-3.5 mm or 7-8 mm long, glabrous; stigma bilobed, 0.5-1 mm long; subglobose, fleshy, papillose. Capsule 5-6 x 2.5 mm, subglobose to oblong, crustaceous, glabrous. Seeds 10-20, angular or planoconvex, narrowly winged, 0.8-1 x 0.5-0.6 mm, testa reticulate, brownish.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-September
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Devicolam
   
 
   
 
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