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Spilanthes radicans Jacq., Collect. Bot. Chem. Hist. Nat. 11(3): 1714. 1804; Sivaraj. & Matthew in Anc. Sci. Life 3: 169. 1984.

Herbs, erect; stems terete, minutely pubescent. Leaves ovate, acute, base obtuse, margins minutely serrate, 7 x 4 cm, with 1 cm long, hairy petiole. Heads white, discoid, axillary, 8 mm across; peduncles 4 - 7 cm long. Receptacle glabrous; palea solitary, concave, boat shaped, 4 mm long, glabrous. Involucral bracts oblong, obtuse or subulate, 3-nerved from base, ,minutely hairy from outside. Corolla tube 2 mm long, base bulbous with a short neck, 4 - 5 lobed; lobes papillose. Achenes dimorphic, marginal ones trignous, others brownish-black, ellipsoid, obcordate, laterally compressed, margins densely ciliate. Pappus of 2 subequal bristles.

Fl. & Fr. Oct. - Jan.

Distrib. India: Kerala.

A native of C. America and Mexico.

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