Achyranthes aspera L.

  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Amaranthaceae
  • Species : Achyranthes aspera
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Achyranthes aspera L.
  • Common name : Devil's Horse Whip, Prickly Chaff Plant
  • Vernacular name : Lat Jira, Chirchira, Adda Jhara (Hin.); Uttarani (Kan.); Nayuruvi, Naagarkaai mullu (Tam.); Uttareni (Tel.); Apamarga (Ori.); Apamarga (San.)
  • Key identification features : An erect herb, 1-3 ft. high. Stem stiff and quadrangular. Leaves are thick, elliptic or obovate, entire and obtuse. Flowers are greenish-white, small, numerous, stiffly deflexed against the rachis, in elongated terminal spike. Perianth scaly, glabrous and shiny. Fruit is a utricle.
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the Year
  • Comments : Often on plains to 1400 m, occasionally a weed of wastelands, often in clumps.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Throughout Eastern Ghats
  • World Distribution : Tropics of the World
  • Literature : J.L.Ellis, 1990- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 2; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3 ; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District ; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District ; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipal, Orissa; N.P.Singh, 1988. Flora of Eastern Karnataka; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (2). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Arun Singh R., Deepak Kumar, Raja K Swamy and Navendu Page (2016). Digital Flora of Eastern Ghats. aspera. Downloaded on 16 July 2020.


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