Mussaenda glabrata (Hook.f.) Hutch. ex Gamble

  • Family : RUBIACEAE
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Rubiaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Mussaenda glabrata (Hook.f.) Hutch. ex Gamble
  • Vernacular name : Vellila, Vattuthali (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Moist deciduous and semi-Evergreen forests
  • Comments / notes : Frequent in forests of Western Ghats.
  • Key identification features : Climbing shrub; branchlets nearly glabrous except at nodes. Leaves broadly elliptic, shortly acuminate at apex. Flowers orange-red, in terminal and axillary cymes. Berry subglobose or obovoid, nearly glabrous
  • Flower, Fruit : May-November
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Belagavi district, Uttara Kannada district, Chikkamagaluru district, Hassan district, Udupi district, Bengaluru district, Dakshina Kannada district, Kodagu (Coorg) district, Shivamogga district, Mysuru district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Palakkad district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
  • Endemism : Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Rao & Razi, 1981 - Mysore; Gopalakrishna Bhat, 2014 - Flora of South Kanara; 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. glabrata. Downloaded on 15 December 2019.

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