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  Polycarpon prostratum
 
  Family: CARYOPHYLLACEAE
  Citation:  Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Sehweinf., Osterr. Bot. Z. 39: 128. 1889; Manilal & Sivar., Fl. Calicut 39. 1982; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 76. 1984; Ansari, Fl. Kasaragod Div. 68. 1985; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 52. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 67. 1990; Babu, Fl. Malappuram Dist. 38. 1990; N. C. Majumdar in B.D. Sharma & N.P. Balakr., Fl. India 2: 553. 1993; M. Mohanan & Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram 67. 1994; Sasidh. & Sivar., Fl. Pl. Thrissur For. 49. 1996; Sasidh., Fl. Shenduruny WLS 29. 1997; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 65. 1997; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 22. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 27. 1999; Anil Kumar et al., Fl. Pathanamthitta 67. 2005; P. Daniel in P. Daniel, Fl. Kerala 1: 314. 2005; Sunil & Sivadasan, Fl. Alappuzha Dist. 101. 2009; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 130. 2009. Alsine prostrata Forssk., Fl. Aeg.-Arab. 207. 1775. Polycarpon loeflingiae (Wall. ex Wight & Arn.) Benth. ex Edgew. & Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 245. 1874; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 64(46). 1915. Hapalosa loeflingiae Wall. ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. 358. 1834.
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  Description: Prostrate annual pubescent herbs; branches to 20 cm long. Leaves subsessile, 6-15 x 2-4 mm; linear-oblong, obovate or spathulate, base attenuate, apex subacute or obtuse, puberulous; stipules 2-3 mm long, lanceolate, scarious. Flowers in terminal dichasial paniculate cymes, c. 6 mm long. Sepals 5, subequal, 3-5 mm long, linear-oblong or ovate-oblong, keeled, margins scarious. Petals c. 1 mm long, linear, notched or dentate at apex. Stamens 3-5. Ovary 1-celled; style 3-fid. Capsules 1.5-2 mm long, ovoid. Seeds many, c. 0.5 mm, subcylindrical, pale brown, reticulate.
  Habit: Herb
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Alappuzha, Kasaragode, Kollam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Malappuram, Palakkad, Kannur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikkode, Thrissur, Wayanad
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  Habitat: Paddy fields and river banks in the plains
  Distribution: Paleotropics
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
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  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Peechi, Kattalappara, Champakkad, Koruthode, Thekkady, Kodumon, Perunthenaruvi, Manantody, Bhavani river bank, Walayar, Attappady R.F., Kakadavu, Peradala, Nangiarkulangara, Karimpuzha, Canoli
   
 
   
 
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