Kerala Snake Root
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Kerala Snake Root
P Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Kerala Snake Root
Botanical name: Ophiorrhiza roxburghiana    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Kerala Snake Root is an erect subshrub, with stem finely velvet-hairy. Flowers are born at branch-ends, in hairy cymes, on flower-cluster-stalk about 3 cm long. Bracteoles are linear, sparsely velvet-hairy. Sepal-tube is round, sepals lanceshaped. Flowers are white, 2.5-4 cm, velvet-hairy, tube slender funnel-shaped above hairy inside, petals large broadly ovate pointed, capsule hairy. Leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, tapering, base wedge-shaped, hairless except the nerves below and leaf-stalks when young, up to 15 x 5 cm. Stipules are large ovate or ovate-oblong entire or 2-fid. Kerala Snake Root is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: Akhilesh Photographed in Eravikulam National Park, Distt. Idukki, Kerala.

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