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  Pemphis acidula
 
  Family: LYTHRACEAE
  Citation:  Pemphis acidula J.R.Forst. & G.Forst., Char. Gen. Pl. 34. 1775; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 2: 573. 1879; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 511(361). 1919.
  Malayalam Name(s): Cheruthalam
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  Description: Shrubs. Leaves opposite, 1.5-3 x 0.7- cm, oblong-obovate, obtuse at apex, acute to cuneate at base, clothed in pale prostrate hairs on both the surfaces; lateral nerves 3-5 pairs, inconspicuous; petiole 2-3 mm long, grooved on the upper side. Flowers axillary, solitary; hypanthium 3-4 mm long, longitudinally ribbed, lobes 6, alternating with 6 small appendages. Petals 4-5 mm long, pink, obovate, wrinkled. Stamens 12, alternately long and short. Ovary 3-locular at the base and 1-locular towards the apex. Stigma globular. Fruits 5-6 x 4-5 mm, nearly globose, circumciss, calyx lobes and style persistent; seeds numerous, about 3 x 2 mm, angular-cuneate, margined.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-December
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  Habitat: Mangroves and swampy areas
  Distribution: Paleotropics
  Aquatic: Yes
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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