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  Justicia vahlii
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Justicia vahlii Roth, Nov. Pl. Sp. 14. 1821; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 538. 1885; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1081(757). 1924. Rostellularia vahlii (Roth) Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 102. 1832; Subram., Fl. Thenmala Div. 275. 1995. Justicia diffusa Willd. var. vahlii (Roth) Clarke in Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 538. 1885.
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  Description: Stout, much branched annual herbs, rootstock somewhat woody; stem quandrangular, pubescent. Leaves opposite, 2.5-4 x 4-5 mm, ovate-elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, acute, glabrous; petioles 6-12 mm long. Flowers in axillary and terminal to 12 cm long spikes; bracts shorter than calyx, 3-4 mm long, ovate, acuminate with scarious margins, minutely scabrous at the tip; bracteoles narrower. Calyx 5 mm long, divided nearly to the base, lanceolate, acute. Corolla 7-7.5 mm long, pubescent outside, pale-purple; lower lip slightly longer than the upper lip, as broad as long, minutely lobed at the rounded apex. Filaments glabrous except the base. Ovary sparsely pubescent at the tip. Capsule 5mm long, shortly jointed, oblong, grooved on the sides, glabrous except with a few hairs at the apex; seeds papillose.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: October-December
  District(s): Kollam
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  Habitat: Grasslands
  Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Red
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Ariankavu
   
 
   
 
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