Pluchea indica   (Linn.) Less.  (Mangrove Plant)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum:Magnoliophyta
Class: Equisetopsida
Order:Asterales
Family:Asteraceae

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Description

Erect, pubescent undershrubs. Leaves obovate, with a tapering, base entire, acute or mucronate at the apex, acutely serrate-dentate, alternate, subglabrous, very aromatic. Flowers in terminal and axillary corymbs; bracts imbricate, 6-7 seriate, obtuse; corolla tubular, violet, in the marginal flowers filiform, shortly 3-4 dentate, disc flowers funnel-shaped, with a 5-lobed limb; anthers with a sagittate base with an obtuse top, on either side with an acute, basal appendage; in female flower style exceeding the corolla, with 2 thin branches; in male flower style entire or shortly 2-dentate. Achenes small, subturbinate.

Flowering season: February-May; Fruiting season: May-October


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Indian Camphorweed (English)
• Indian Fleabane (English)
• Indian Pluchea (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Delta INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Debnath, HS (2004) Mangroves of Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Taxonomy and ecology Bishen Singh Mahendra Pal Singh, Dehra Dun, India 133 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Available at - http://www.itis.gov.
  • Encyclopedia of Life Available at - http://www.eol.org/
  • Banerjee, LK and Roa, TA (2001) Flora of the Mahanadi Delta, Orissa Botanical Survey of India 1-307 Available at - NIO,Goa

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