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  Mussaenda hirsutissima
 
  Family: RUBIACEAE
  Citation:  Mussaenda hirsutissima (Hook. f.) Hutch. ex Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 610(430). 1921; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 68. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 180. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 155. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 336. 2002. Mussaenda frondosa L. var. hirsutissima Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 90. 1880.
  Malayalam Name(s): Chandrakala, Sooryakala
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Scandent shrubs; branchlets densely white-hispid. Leaves to 11 x 5 cm, broadly elliptic, acuminate at either ends, densely hispid; nerves 6-8 pairs, not prominent; petiole 1-3 cm long; stipule 12 mm long, densely hispid. Cymes terminal, congested. Flowers densely arranged; larger calyx lobes, 8 x 4.5 cm, elliptic, acute, long-clawed; corolla tube 30 mm long, narrow, densely hispid, lobes 12 x 10 mm, cuspidate. Fruits not seen.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: December-February
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen and shola forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Orange, Yellow
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 1200-1600
  Localities: Vallakkadavu, Uppermanalar, Kottamala, Karimala, Devicolam, Mannavan shola, Agasthymala peak, Athirumala
   
 
   
 
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