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  Pogostemon benghalensis
  Citation:  Pogostemon benghalensis (Burm. f.) O. Ktze., Rev. Gen. Pl. 2: 517. 1891; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 371. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 381. 1990; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 364. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 250. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 323. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 253. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 250. 2002; Mohanan & Sivad., Fl. Agasthyamala 537. 2002; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 403. 2005; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 661. 2009. Origanum benghalense Burm. f., Fl. Ind. 128,t.38, f. 3. 1768. Pogostemon plectranthoides Desf., Ann Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris 2: 156. t. 6. 1808; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 632. 1885; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1133(793). 1924.
  Malayalam Name(s): Bhoothachedayan
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  Description: Shrubs to 1. 5 m tall, stem subterete, reddish-brown. Leaves simple, opposite, 11 x 5 cm, ovate to ovate-lanceolate, acute, attennate at base, irregularly serrate-dentate, chartaceous; lateral nerves ca 5 pairs; petiole to 3 cm. Spike to 15 cm, cylindrical, terminal; bracts ovate, bracteoles lanceolate; flowers many, densely packed. Calyx 4 mm long; lobes 5, equal. Corolla pale pink; lobes 4, equal, obtuse, villous at apex. Stamens 4, filaments unequal, bearded with monilifom hairs. Ovary glabrous, style slender, stigma 2-lobed. Nutlets glabrous, smooth, brown.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Palakkad, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Wayanad
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink, White, Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
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  Altitude: 600-1000
  Localities: Ponmudi, Rockwood, Rosemala, Olippara, Vellimala, Karimala, Kakki hills, Kannoth R.F., Karasurymala, Muthikulam forests, Attayar, Chemungi, Athirumala
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