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  Solanum melongena var. melongena
 
  Family: SOLANACEAE
  Citation:  Solanum melongena L., Sp. Pl. 186. 1753, var. melongena; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 234. 1883; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 937(658). 1923; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 190. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 279. 1984; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 252. 1985; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 502. 1990; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 319. 1990; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 317. 1996; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 466. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 274. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 213. 2002; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 486. 2009. Solanum coagulans Forssk., Fl. Aeg.-Arab. 47. 1775; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 236. 1883. Solanum integrifolium Poir., Encycl. Suppl. 4: 301. 1818.
  Malayalam Name(s): Aanakomban-vazhuthina, Kathirikka, Vazhuthina
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s): Asian Eggplant, Brinjal, Egg plant, Jew's apple, Tropical Eggplant
  Description: Armed shrubs; prickles very small. Leaves 4-16 x 3-9 cm, ovate, sinuately toothed, unequal-sided at base. Flowers blue, solitary or in few-flowered racemes. Calyx-lobes lanceolate, enlarging in fruit, limb 5-lobed. Corolla purple, 1.5-3 cm across, campanulate, often plicate, lobes 5, sparsely pubescent. Stamens 5; anthers oblong. Ovules many; style stellately villous, linear; stigma capitate. Berry smooth, variable in size, purple or greenish. Seeds minutely pitted.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: August-March
  District(s): All Districts
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Cultivated
  Distribution: Paleotropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue, Violet
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: Yes
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status:
  Altitude:
  Localities: Peechi, Thekkady, Thunakkadavu, Attappady R.F., Kasaragod, Chunakkara
   
 
   
 
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