Justicia gendarussa Burm. f.

  • Family : ACANTHACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Acanthaceae
  • Species : Justicia gendarussa
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Justicia gendarussa Burm. f.
  • Vernacular name : Udisambhalu (Hin.); Karinekki (Kan.); Nela vavili, Gandha rasamu, Nalla vavili, Nalla nochali (Tel.); Vaataghni (San.)
  • Key identification features : UnderShrubs with a strong scent; Leaves are narrowly lanceolate, glabrous, margin entire, apex obtuse, lateral nerves 5 pairs; Flowers are in terminal spike; bracteate; calyx lobes 5, free; corolla white, purple- streaked, 1.2 cm long, tube cylindric; stamens 2, lower anther cells spurred. Capsule glabrous.
  • Habit : Undershrub
  • Flower, Fruit : December-May
  • Comments : Planted along hedges. Frequently run wild on hills above 500 m, by streams and on moist places.
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Distribution Locality : Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district) (Tamil Nadu State); Visakhapatnam district, West Godavari district (Andhra Pradesh State); Similipal Hills (Mayurbhanj district) (Odisha State)
  • World Distribution : India, Sri Lanka, China, Moluccas, Malaysia, Philippines
  • Literature : H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3 ; H. O. Saxena and M. Brahmam, 1989 - The Flora of Similipal, Orissa; Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). 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. http://easternghats.ces.iisc.ernet.in/plants.php?name=Justicia gendarussa. Downloaded on 15 July 2020.


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