Comb Snake Root
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Comb Snake Root
P Native Photo: Sam Kuzhalanattu
Common name: Comb Snake Root
Botanical name: Ophiorrhiza pectinata    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Ophiorrhiza falcata, Ophiorrhiza imbricata

Comb Snake Root is an erect herbs, up to 40 cm high, hairless. Leaves are up to 17 x 5 cm, elliptic-lanceshaped, tapering at both ends; nerves about 8 pairs; leaf-stalk up to 5 cm long; stipule ovate, pointed. Flowers are borne in cymes 2-5 cm broad, carried on flower-cluster-stalk up to 6 cm long. Flowers are densely packed. Flower tube is 8 mm long with a ring of erect hairs at throat, petals ovate, pointed; anthers nearly stalkless, sepals ovate, hairless. Bracteoles are 8 x 4 mm, curved-oblong, pointed, arranged comb-like. Capsule 5 x 12 mm, 2-winged, hairless; seeds squarish, brown. Comb Snake Root is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: E S Santhosh Kumar, S. Kasim Photographed in Chathamattom & Teekoyi, Kerala.

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