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  Nicandra physalodes
 
  Family: SOLANACEAE
  Citation:  Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn., Fruct. 2: 237. t.131. f.2. 1791, "physaloides"; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 240. 1883; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 941(661). 1923; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 192. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 316. 1990; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 71. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 271. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 216. 1999; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 570. 2009. Atropa physalodes L., Sp. Pl. 181. 1753. Physalis daturaefolia Lam., Encycl. 2: 102. 1786.
  Malayalam Name(s): Oomathan
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Apple-of-peru, Shoo-Fly Plant
  Description: Erect subshrubs. Leaves alternate or fascicled, 5-15 x 2-7 cm, sometimes much larger, elliptic, acute at either ends; petiole 3-10 cm long. Flowers 3 cm across, solitary, axillary; calyx campanulate, tube inflated, cordate at base, 5-angled; corolla 2 cm long; 3 cm across, campanulate, blue or bluish violet; stamens 5, free. Berry 1.5 x 1.5 cm, smooth; seeds pitted.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-February
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: All types of forests
  Distribution: Native of South America; now widely naturalised in the tropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Violet, Blue
  Weed: Yes
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: Yes
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Naduvanasithura, Mangaladevi, Chittaruvi, Aruvanpara, Anamadai area, Kathalakandy, Mukkali forests
   
 
   
 
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