Acanthaceae Week: Justicia adhatoda from Delhi

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Gurcharan Singh

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Jun 5, 2011, 10:17:06 PM6/5/11
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 Justicia adhatoda L.,  Sp. pl. 1:15. 1753   (Acanthaceae)

syn: Adhatoda vasica Nees; Adhatoda zeylanica Medik

Evergreen shrub, leaves elliptic, up to 20 cm long with prominent veins; flowers in axillary pedunculate spikes, white, corolla about 3 cm long, lower lip with reddish markings, upper lip curved.
Dried leaves constitute the drug vasaka used in brochial troubles.

Photographed from Khalsa College, very common on Ridge in Delhi.
Sans: Vasaka
Hindi: Arusha
Beng: Bakas
Mar: Adulsa
Guj: Alduso
Tel: Adasaramu
Tam: Adadodai
Kan: Adusoge
Mal: Atalotakam

Common names: Malabar-nut, Malabar-nut-tree, pavettia


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Dr. Gurcharan Singh
Retired  Associate Professor
SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007
Res: 932 Anand Kunj, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018.
Phone: 011-25518297  Mob: 9810359089
http://people.du.ac.in/~singhg45/

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