Flora of the Nilgiris

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

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Urena lobata L. ssp. sinuata (L.) Borssum.

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Leaf Apex

Acute

Leaf Base

Cuneate

Leaf Margin

Crenate

Habit : A shrub with rough tomentum.

Habitat and Distribution : Common in wastelands, by arable lands, wayside and hills to 1400m. Circumtropical.

Indigenous Information : Good fodder species.

Other relevent information : Cultivated for termite and water resistant fibre, used in making fishing line, rope and binding cord. Fruits and flowers used in traditional medicine.

Field Tips : Leaves angled or lobed, with a gland at the base of the midrib below.

 

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  1. good

    Comment by vijayan — March 10, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

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Names:

English : Common Purple Mallow
Irula : Kattu vendai geda
Tamil : Ottatti


Flower:

Axillary, solitary or 2-3 in a cluster, pink. Flowering throughout the year.

Fruit :

A schizocarp, globose, trigonous, covered with bristles. Seeds reniform, angular, glabrescent. Fruiting throughout the year.

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Malvaceae