Common Sopubia
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Common Sopubia
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Common Sopubia • Marathi: दुधाली Dudhali
Botanical name: Parasopubia delphinifolia    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)
Synonyms: Sopubia delphinifolia, Gerardia delphinifolia, Parasopubia delphiniifolia

Common Sopubia is a widely found root-parasite herbage in India. Its juice is reported to possess healing properties for sores caused by moisture and is also reported to be an abortifacient. Erect herb, stem grooved, branched, spotted with purple. As the name delphinifolia suggests, its leaves are like those of Delphiniums. Rosy white trumpet shaped flowers with long necks, appear along the stem. It is common in moist grasslands. It is distributed in Western Peninsular India, Sri Lanka and Shimoga. Flowering: August-January.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag and Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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