Ceylon Lousewort
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Ceylon Lousewort
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Ceylon Lousewort
Botanical name: Pedicularis zeylanica    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Ceylon Lousewort is a weak stemmed semi-parasitic herb, with stems nearly erect, hairy. Leaves are alternate, stalkless, up to 5 x 2 cm, oblong, pinnately lobed, lobes toothed, hairy. Flowers are borne in densely arranged, stalkless racemes at branch ends. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, 5-toothed. Flowers are pink, 2-2.5 cm long, 2-lipped, upper lip hooded, lower lip equally 3-lobed, purple, tube broadening above, stamens 4, perfect, anthers narrowing to one end, fused in pairs, style slender, stigma terminal. Capsules are 8 x 6 mm, split at one side, hairless, seeds netveined. Ceylon Lousewort is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed at Avalanchi Range, Tamilnadu.

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