Barber's Thottea
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Barber's Thottea
P Native Photo: Shrishail Kulloli
Common name: Barber's Thottea
Botanical name: Thottea barberi    Family: Aristolochiaceae (Birthwort family)
Synonyms: Apama barberi

Barber's Thottea is a shrub, 1-1.5 m tall. Leaves are 5-15 x 3-5 cm, elliptic lanceshaped, tapering at tip, round at base; 3-ribbed from base. Flowers are borne in racemes in leaf-axils, few-flowered. Flowers are brown, tepals 0.2-0.3 cm long, free. Stamens are 6-9, anthers free. Ovary is 0.5-1 cm long. Seed-pods are 1-3.5 cm long, 0.2-0.3 cm wide, drooping, hairless outside. Barber's Thottea is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering and fruiting: August-May.

Identification credit: Shrishail Kulloli Photographed in Kerala.

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