Justicia adhatoda L.

 
  • Family : ACANTHACEAE
    (ACANTHUS FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Acanthaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Adhatoda zeylanica Medik.; Adhatoda vasica Nees
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Justicia adhatoda L.
  • Common name : Vasa, Vasaka, Malabar nut, Adhatoda
  • Vernacular name : Vasakam (Telugu); Adalodakam, Pothadalotakam, Vasica (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Plains
  • Comments / notes : Often in plains to 1000m; sometimes grown as hedge plant
  • Flower, Fruit : October-March
  • Collector(s) Name : Arun Singh, Raja K. Swamy, Navendu Page & K. Sankara Rao
  • Collection Date : 23/03/2016
  • Collection Nos : HJCB-0612
  • Collection Locality : Shevoray temple road, Shevoray Hills, Salem district (TN)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Anantapur district, Chittoor district, Vishakapatnam district, West Godavari district, Srikakulam district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
    • Odisha : Ganjam district
    • Tamil Nadu : Namakkal district
  • Native : Indo-Himalaya
  • World Distribution : India, sub-tropical Himalayas, China, Malaya Peninsula, Nepal
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; 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 Similipahar (Similipal), Orissa; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. http://peninsula.ces.iisc.ac.in/plants.php?name=Justicia adhatoda. Downloaded on 20 October 2019.

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