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  Justicia notha
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Justicia notha Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 537. 1885; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1080(756). 1924; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 298. 1998. Rostellularia simplex Wight, Ic. t. 1542. 1850, non Justicia simplex D. Don, 1825; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 34. 1998; Gopalan & Henry, Endemic Pl. Agasthiyamala 361. 2000.
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  Description: Erect herbs, rarely branched, 30-40 cm high; stems angular, scabrid. Leaves to 5 x 0.8 cm, linear-oblong, sessile, acute, glabrous. Spikes 7 x 0.7 cm, terminal, narrow, cylindric; bracts 6 x 2 mm, elliptic, acute, ciliolate. Flowers many, densely packed; calyx lobes 6 mm long, sometimes 5th lobe present; corolla lilac, 9 mm long, tube hairy at two patches near the base inside, glabrous; ovary hairy. Capsule 4 mm long, glabrous; seeds 4, rugose, brown.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Kollam, Idukki, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grasslands
  Distribution: India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status: Critically Endangered (CR)
  Altitude: 900-1200
  Localities: Mangaladevi, South Walakkad, Damsite, Chembotti, Attappady R.F., Kaikatty forests-Pothundy, Malampuzha, Bonaccord
   
 
   
 
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