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

 
  • Family : RUBIACEAE
    (MADDER or COFFEE FAMILY)
  • Family (as per The Plant List) : Rubiaceae
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Mussaenda hirsutissima (Hook.f.) Hutch. ex Gamble
  • Vernacular name : Karunthagiri, Karunthagari (Tamil); Chandrakala, Sooryakala (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Shrub
  • Habitat : Evergreen and shola forests
  • Comments / notes : On hills to 1600m,shola border and on exposed slopes.
  • Key identification features : Scandent shrubs with dense hispid white branchlets; Leaves broadly elliptic, hispid; Flowers in terminal congested cymes; Calyx lobed, clawed; Corolla lobed, elongated.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collection Nos : CS 14, CS 4350
  • Distribution :
    • Karnataka : Kodagu (Coorg) district
    • Kerala : Kozhikode district, Palakkad district, Idukki district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Tamil Nadu : Sirumalai Hills (Dindigul district), Kolli Hills (Namakkal district), Shavarai Hills (Salem district)
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Peninsular India
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Keshava Murthy & Yoganarasimhan, 1990 - Flora of Coorg district, Karnataka state; Pullaiah et al., 2007 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 3; Sankar,R.V., R. Kottaimuthu & K. Ravikumar (2009). Additions to the flora of Sirumalai Hills, Eastern Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 1(7): 379-381.; Matthew, K.M., 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=Mussaenda hirsutissima. Downloaded on 16 December 2019.

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