Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Asteraceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Acanthospermum hispidum DC.

Leaf arrangement

Opposite

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Oblanceolate, Obovate

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Decurrent

Leaf Margin

Habit : A well branched herb.

Habitat and Distribution : A gregarious weed of wasteland, fallow field, aggressive colonizer. Plains from the coast to 1200m. Native of South America introduced into tropical and South Africa, India, Nepal, Hawaiian isles.

 

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Names:


Irula : Kanthi mul
Tamil : Kombumul, Mullu chedi


Flower:

In solitary and axillary capitulum, at the forking of the branches, yellow.Flowering peaks from January-June.

Fruit :

An achene, smooth, enclosed within (echinate). Fruiting from June onwards.

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Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)