Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Achyranthes aspera L.

Leaf arrangement

Opposite decussate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptic, Obovate, Sub-orbicular

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Cuneate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : An erect herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Abundant in plantation of the hills. Plains upto 1400m. Tropics.

Indigenous Information : Cattle graze on the leaves. During Pongal and the ragi festival theĀ  flowers are used to decorate the house. the crushed leaves are used to treat dog bite.

Field Tips : Flowers slightly bent at the top and tend to get into the skin like spines, if pulled at.

 

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Names:

English : Prickly Chaff Flower
Irula : Uthrani
Tamil : Naaiyuruvi, Naagarkaai mullu


Flower:

In terminal or axillary spikes, pink. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

An utricle. Seed 1. Fruiting throughout the year.

All from Amaranthaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Eastern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)