Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Priva cordifolia (L.f.) Druce

Leaf arrangement

Opposite decussate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Elliptic, Broadly ovate

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Sub-Cordate

Leaf Margin

Serrate

Habit : A profusely branched sticky herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Plains (river banks) and Hills (undergrowth in thickets) to 1400m. India, Pakistan, Nepal.

Indigenous Information : A highly medicinal plant used to cast powerful spells. Can also be used to treat migraines.

Field Tips : Plant sticky-pubescent. Branchlets four angular. Leaves appressed-pubescent, chartaceous.

 

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Names:


Irula : Bellia ottai



Flower:

Aggregated in a terminal, elongated spike, white. Flowering peaks from November-February.

Fruit :

A drupe of two pyrenes. Seeds 2, enclosed in calyx-base. Calyx persistent. Fruiting December onwards.

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Verbenaceae