Didymocarpus tomentosa

GESNERIACEAE

Local name: Elichuzhien, Kalthamara

Flowering & Fruiting: May – October

Habitat: On wet rocks in grasslands

Distribution: Peninsular India

Description

Scapigerous herbs. Leaves 6-7 x 4 cm, elliptic, acute, irregularly crenate-serrate, densely bullate above, densely fulvous tomentose below; nerves 4 pairs, prominently reticulate below; petiole 1-3 cm long, 5 mm broad; central leaves sessile. Scapes few, to 12 cm long. Cymes glandular-hairy; pedicels 1 cm long. Flowers blue, subumbellate; sepals 2.5 x 1 mm, oblanceolate, obtuse, long-hairy; corolla 11 mm long, glandular-hairy, lobes obovate to orbicular; staminodes straight, bristle-like; ovary densely glandular, hairy. Capsule 2 x 0.2 cm, linear, densely glandular hairy.

Citation

Didymocarpustomentosa Wight, Ic. t. 1349. 1848; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 353. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 989(695). 1924; Mohanan, Fl. Quilon Dist. 293. 1984; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 332. 1990; M. Mohanan& Henry, Fl. Thiruvanthapuram  338. 1994; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 53. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 288. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Chinnar WLS 227. 1999; Sasidh., Fl. Parambikulam WLS 221. 2002; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 596. 2009.

 

Didymocarpusrottleriana var. tomentosa (Wight) Clarke in A. & C. DC., Monogr. Phan. 5: 101. 1883.