Justicia diffusa Willd.

  • Family : ACANTHACEAE
    (Acanthus Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : ARUSA FAMILY (अडूसा फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : ACANTHACEAE
  • Synonym(s) : Justicia diffusa var. prostrata Roxb. ex C.B. Clarke; Rostellularia diffusa var. Diffusa
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Justicia diffusa Willd.
  • Vernacular name : Cherupulladi (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : On hills above 800m on bare slopes, in Evergreen forests, also near water courses in grasslands
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : Raja K.Swamy & B. Sadasivaiah
  • Collection Date : 09/12/2010
  • Collection Nos : FAP 41971
  • Collection Locality : Gollalaguduru, Kadapa district (AP); Palamner forest range, Chittoor district
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Srikakulam district, Chittoor district, Anantapur district, Guntur district, Vishakapatnam district
    • Karnataka : Ballari district, Kolar district, Vijayapura (Bijapur) district, Kalaburagi (Gulbarga) district, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Kolar district, Mysuru district, Tumakuru district, Uttara Kannada district
    • Kerala : Palakkad district, Pathanamthitta district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : Akola district
    • Odisha : Mayurbhanj district, Gajapati district
    • Tamil Nadu : Alagar Hills (Madurai district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shevaroy Hills (Salem district), Kalrayan Hills (Salem district), Pachamalai Hills (Tiruchirapalli district), Bodamalai Hills (Salem district), Chitteri Hills (Vellore district), Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Yelagiri Hills (Vellore district), Dharmapuri Hills (Dharmapuri district), Piranmalai Hills (Sivaganga district), Theerthamalai Hills (Dharmapuri district), Gingee Hill (Villipuram district), Javadu Hills (Tiruvannamalai district), and also plains
  • Native : India
  • World Distribution : South and Southeast Asia
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : 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; Pullaiah et al., 2011 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 4; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; Matthew, K.M., The Flora of Tamil Nadu Carnatic, Vol.3 (1). Diocesan Press, Madras. 1983; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1995- Flora of Orissa Vol. 3; Sasidharan, N. 2011. Flowering plants of Kerala. DVD, V 2, KFRI; Rao & Razi, 1981 – A Synoptic Flora of Mysore District; Sharma B.D, 1984 - Flora of Karnataka Analysis; Seetharam et al., 2000 – Flora of Gulbarga District; Bhaskar & Kushalappa, 2013- Flora of Tumkur District; Kamble & Pradhan, 1988. Flora of Akola District, Maharashtra. Botanical Survey of India
  • 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 diffusa. Downloaded on 2 July 2022.

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