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  Lippia alba
 
  Family: VERBENACEAE
  Citation:  Lippia alba (Mill.) N.E.Br. ex Britton & P.Wilson, Bot. Porto Rico 6: 141. 1925; Rajendran & Daniel, Indian Verbenaceae 198. 2002. Lantana alba Mill., Gard. Dict. ed. 8, 8. 1768.
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  Description: Erect shrubs to 2 m. Leaves opposite, 4-9 x 2-4 cm, broadly elliptic-oblong, thick-chartaceous; lateral nerves 6-8 pairs, the lowest pair longer and prominent, nerves impressed above, raised below, sparsely hairy above, softly pubescent below, base rounded to acute, margin serrate-crenate, apex acute; petiole to 1 cm. Flowers zygomorphic, 5-merous, subsessile, aggregated in elongate, axillary spikes to 1.5 cm; stalk to 3 cm; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 3.5 mm, imbricate, densely pubescent, shortly acuminate, lower ones broader, persistent. Calyx cupular; lobes 2, lanceolate, concave, decurrent into a circular cup below, hairy without, acute, accrescent. Corolla pinkish-white, 4 x 2 mm across, salver-form; tube 4 mm, thinly pubescent on either side; lobes 5, bilabiate; upper lip 2-lobed, the lower deflexed, to 1.5 mm, obtuse. Stamens 4, attached at the throat, included; filaments pairs 1 and 1.5 mm, longer pair curved; anthers ovate, 0.3 mm. Ovary oblong-globose, 1 mm, 2-locular; ovule 1 per cell, basal; style 1.5 mm; stigma lateral, oblong. Drupe pyriform, 2 mm, enclosing 2, 1-seeded pyrenes.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: Throughout the year
  District(s): Alappuzha
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  Habitat: Roadsides and wastelands in the plains
  Distribution: Native of tropical America
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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