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  Hemigraphis latebrosa
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Hemigraphis latebrosa (Heyne ex Roth) Nees in DC., Prodr. 11: 723. 1847; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 423. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1018(715). 1924; Ramach. et al., Journ. Econ. Tax. Bot. 3: 659. 1982; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 338. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 349. 1990; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 501. 1997; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 613. 2009. Ruellia latebrosa Heyne ex Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 307. 1821.
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  Description: Diffuse weak herbs or undershrubs; branches procumbent; stem densely white-hairy. Leaves opposite, 2-6 x 1-2.2 cm, ovate, crenate-serrate, apex acute or acuminate, base cuneate, bulbous based hairs on both sides; petiole 1- 3 cm long. Flowers in axillary or terminal, shortly peduncled, few-flowered, capitate spikes; bracts 10 x 2 mm, elliptic-oblong, 1-nerved, long-hairy, ciliate; hairs sometimes gland-tipped. Calyx 5-lobed, free near to the base; lobes unequal, ciliate, sparsely glandular-hairy; larger lobe 7-9 mm long, oblong-linear; other 4-lobes 5-7 mm long, linear. Corolla blue, , 12 mm long, funnel-shaped; tube broad above; lobes unequal, rounded. Stamens 4, didynamous, included; longer filaments bearded in the upper part; anther cells oblong. Ovary 2-loculed, hairy; style thickened below the blunt stigma. Capsule 4-6 mm long, linear-oblong, minutely pub-scent; seeds 6, yellowish-white, compressed, hairy.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: February-March
  District(s): Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Moist deciduous forests
  Distribution: Central and Peninsular India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Pathenthode, Tolpetty, Kanjirakadavu
   
 
   
 
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