Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC.

 
  • Family : OXALIDACEAE
    (Wood Sorrel Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : AMRUL FAMILY (अम्रुल फैमिली)
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : OXALIDACEAE
  • Basionym : Oxalis sensitiva L.
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC.
  • Common name : Little Tree Plant, Sensitive plant
  • Vernacular name : Lakchana, Lajalu (Hindi); Hara matchchaka, Horamani (Kannada); Lokachana, Chhotalajakuli (Oria); Mukkutti, Theendavadi (Malayalam)
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Moist shaded places in deciduous forests
  • Comments / notes : On plains to 1400m. Also in pasture lands, fallow fields and in moist rocky places.
  • Flower, Fruit : Throughout the year
  • Collector(s) Name : K.P. Sreenath & S.R. Ramesh
  • Collection Date : 14/11/1978
  • Collection Nos : KFP 4312
  • Collection Locality : Sandur Hills, Bellari District (KA)
  • Distribution :
    • Andhra Pradesh : East Godavari district, Vishakapatnam district, Srikakulam district, East Godavari district
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district, Kannur district, Wayanad district, Malappuram district, Palakkad district, Kottayam district, Kollam district, Thiruvananthapuram district
    • Maharashtra : All districts of Maharashtra
    • Odisha : Ganjam district, Mayurbhanj district
    • Tamil Nadu : All districts of Tamil Nadu
  • Native : Indo-Malaysia
  • World Distribution : Indo-Malayan
  • Conservation Status : Not Evaluated (NE)
  • Literature : Pullaiah et al., 2002 - Flora of Eastern Ghats Vol. 1; J.L.Ellis, 1987- Flora of Nallamalais Vol. 1; H.O. Saxena & M. Brahmam, 1994- Flora of Orissa Vol. 1; R. S. Rao et al., 1986 - Flora of West Godavari District; R. S. Rao and S. H. Sreeramulu, 1986 - Flora of Srikakulam District; 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; Henry, Kumari & Chithra (1983). Flora of Tamil Nadu, India vol. 1.
  • 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=Biophytum sensitivum. Downloaded on 6 December 2021.

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