Boerhavia erecta L.

 
  • Family : NYCTAGINACEAE
    (FOUR-O'CLOCK FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Nyctaginaceae
  • Synonym(s) : Boerhavia punarnava Saha & K.H.Krishnam.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Boerhavia erecta L.
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Deciduous forests and wasteland
  • Comments / notes : Common; found growing as a weed along roadsides and cultivated fields
  • Key identification features : An erect herb. Leaves ovate or ovate-lanceolate, glabrous. Flowers 3-6 together in lax panicles. Perianth pink; stamens 1 - 3. Anthocarp obconical, 5-ribbed.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : R.Raghavendra Rao
  • Collection Nos : R.R.Rao 97
  • Collection Locality : St.Philomena's College, Mysore
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : Chittoor district, Kadapa district, Anantapur district
    • Karnataka : Mysuru district, Dakshina Kannada district, Udupi district
    • Kerala : All districts of Kerala
  • World Distribution : Pantropical weed
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Flora of Karnataka, Saldanha, 1984, Gopalakrishna bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; Franklin Benjamin & G.V.S.Murthy, 2013. Flora of Sri Venkateswara National Park, Andhra Pradesh, BSI; 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=Boerhavia erecta. Downloaded on 8 December 2019.

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