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  Justicia santapaui
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Justicia santapaui Bennet, Journ. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 67: 358. 1970; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 305. 1984; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 341. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 352. 1990; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 349. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 342. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 511. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 298. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 236. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 232. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 382. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 618. 2009. Justicia montana (Nees) Wall. ex Anders., J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 9: 509. 1867, non Roxb. 1805; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1078(755). 1924. Hemichoriste montana Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 102. 1832. Justicia andersonii Ramam. in Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 551. 1976; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 204. 1988; Pradeep, Fl. Vellarimala 113. 2000.
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  Description: Shrubs, branches terete or obtusely 4-angled, glabrous. Leaves simple, opposite, 25-40 x 7-10 cm, oblanceolate, apex acute, base attenuate, glabrous, nerves 8 pairs, prominent; petiole 5-6 cm long. Flowers in axillary or terminal peduncled, simple or branched, to 20 cm long spikes; bracts and bracteoles similar, 5 x 1.5 mm, oblong, pubescent. Calyx lobes 6 mm long, lanceolate, puberulus. Corolla white with pink spots, villous at the base between the filaments; upper lip 1.5 cm long, oblong, notched; lower 3-lobed. Ovary densely hairy. Capsule 25 mm long, clavate, glabrous; seeds 4, suborbicular, 4 mm across, rugose, glabrous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-April
  District(s): Palakkad, Kozhikkode, Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Wayanad
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  Habitat: Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
  Distribution: Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Western Ghats
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  Localities: Peechi, Vellanimala, Olikkudy, Pamba, Kariamchola, Meekara, Kaikatty, South Walakkad, Plapally, Arampa, Chandanathode, Karappa, Boneccord, Thalichola, Olichuchattam
   
 
   
 
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