Botanical Survey of India | Flora of India

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Spilanthes calva DC. in Wight, Contrib. Bot. Ind. 19. 1834. S. acmella var. calva (DC.) C.B. Clarke, Comp. Ind. 138. 1876. S. acmella auct. non (L.) Murr.; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 3: 307. 1881.


Herbs with sparsely pubescent stem, 15 - 40 cm high. Leaves ovate, obtuse to acute, margins entire to undulate-serrate, 3.0 - 8.0 x 2.0 - 4.0 cm, sparsely pubescent on both surfaces; petioles 1 - 2 cm long. Heads 5 - 8 x 8 - 10 mm on 5 - 10 cm long peduncles. Bracts uniseriate, ovate, 3 - 5 x 1 - 3 mm, sparsely pubescent. Florets bisexual, closely spaced, outer few sterile; corolla tube yellowish white to yellow, 3 mm long, 5-lobed at the apex. Achenes dark brown to black, narrowly obovate, 1 - 2 x 1 mm, minutely glandular, enclosed within paleae.

Fl. & Fr. Feb. - April.

Distrib. India: Throughout the hilly regions ascending to 1500 m in marshy places.

Nepal, Sri Lanka, China, Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia.




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