Climbing Wool-Plant
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Climbing Wool-Plant
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Common name: Climbing Wool-Plant • Bengali: Naria • Gujarati: ગોરખગાંજો gorakhganjo • Hindi: नुरिया nuriya, सफेद फुलीया sufed phulia • Kannada: ನೆಲ ಹಿಂಡಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು nela hindi soppu • Nepali: अईतिनबोट aitinbot • Telugu: పెద్ద పిండికూర pedda pindi-kura, పురిటితీగె puriti-tige
Botanical name: Ouret sanguinolenta    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Achyranthes sanguinolenta, Aerva sanguinolenta, Aerva scandens

Climbing Wool-Plant is a perennial herb, frequently woody below, prostrate to erect or frequently scrambling, 0.4-1 m. Stems are branched from the base and usually also above, upper branches commonly long and slender. Stem and branches are round, channeled, densely velvety with whitish or yellowish hairs. Leaves are broadly to narrowly ellipitic or elliptic- lanceolate or elliptic-ovate, narrowed to flat at the base, pointed to long-pointed at the tip, densely whitish-woolly on both surfaces, about 1.5-18 x 0.8-6 cm, leaf-stalk up to 2 cm long. Branch and inflorescence leaves gradually reduce upwards. Flowers arise in stalkless spikes, forming a lax raceme or terminal panicle, 0.5-8 x 0.4-0.6 cm, cylindrical (conical when young), silky, white to pale pink or pale brown. Bracts are 1-1.5 mm, deltoid-ovate. All are tepals densely woolly dorsally. Stamens are delicate, at anthesis attaining about half the length of the style. Capsule is about 1 mm. Seed 0.8-1 mm, kidney-shaped, black, shining. Climbing Wool-Plant is found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 150-1400 m, and also in the Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi, N.S.Dungriyal Photographed at Yeoor Hills, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra.

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