Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Triumfetta rhomboidea L.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Lanceolate, Elliptic

Leaf Apex

Acuminate

Leaf Base

Truncate

Leaf Margin

Habit : An annual herb.

Habitat and Distribution : Common by fallow lands. Plains from the coast to 1400m. Widely distributed. Pantropical.

Indigenous Information : Fodder plant.

Other relevent information : Mammals disperse the bristly seeds which stick to their fur.

 

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Names:

English : Common Burbush
Irula : Karottai
Tamil : Ottarai
Hindi : Chiki

Flower:

In axillary or leaf-opposed cymes, yellow. Flowering peak from September-November.

Fruit :

A capsule, globose, stellate-tomentose, recurved prickles. Seeds 10. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Tiliaceae