Ophiorrhiza pectinata Arn., Nova Acta Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. German. Nat. Cur. 18(1): 338 1836. (syn: Ophiorrhiza imbricata Gardner ex Hook.f.; Ophiorrhiza mungos Wall., sensu auct.);
S. India, Central Sri Lanka as per POWO;
Erect herbs, to 40 cm high, glabrous. Leaves to 17 x 5 cm, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate at both ends; nerves ca. 8 pairs; petiole to 5 cm long; stipule ovate, acute. Cymes 2-5 cm broad; peduncle to 6 cm long. Flowers densely packed; bracteoles 8 x 4 mm, curved-oblong, acute; calyx lobes ovate, glabrous; corolla tube 8 mm long with a ring of erect hairs at throat, lobes ovate, acute; anthers nearly sessile. Capsule 5 x 1 2 mm, 2-winged, glabrous; seeds squarish, brown.
Flowering and fruiting: July-September
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)
37 Identify weed plant
Please identify the weed plant.
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:. 23.11.2020, 02.10pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: erect branches perennial semi-hard steam
Height: 02 feet
Leaves: opposite oblong apex
Flower: diameter:03mm, pink non fragrant
Looks similar to Ophiorrhiza pectinata
Great …, the weed plant is belongs to Ophiorrhiza pectinata family. It’s seeds are similar to Ophiorrhiza pectinata. I am forwarding the ID request.
Keralaplants.in says it is Ophiorrhiza pectinata. Please find the attached screenshot,