Astraea lobata S.P. Gaikwad, R.D. Gore and K.U. Garad

    (Spurge Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : AMLA FAMILY (आँवला फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : EUPHORBIACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Not found in Plant list
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Roadsides and wastelands
  • Comments / notes : It grows on roadsides and in wastelands, c. 450 m. It might have been introduced in India by pilgrims because Akkalkot is a famous place of pilgrimage andis and it is an alternative host of nematodes of fungi causing powdery mildew, and of cucumber mosaic virus
  • Key identification features : Annual herb,stems ribbed, stellate-hairy when young. Leaves are deeply 3 – 5-lobed; lobes oblanceolate to obovate, crenate-serrate at margins, acuminate at apex, sparsely stellate-hairy to almost glabrous, at apex. Capsules ovoid-oblong, glabrous or sparsely stellate-hairy,ash-coloured with brown spots; carcuncle conical, yellowish.
  • Flower, Fruit : June-September
  • Native : South America and West Indies
  • World Distribution : South America and West Indies, Senegal, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Arabian Peninsula and Bangladesh.
  • Literature : Gaikwad, S.P., R.D. Gore and K.U. Garad (2012). Astraea lobata (Euphorbiaceae), a new record for India. Rheedea 22(2):131.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. lobata. Downloaded on 13 August 2022.


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