Aerva javanica

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Aerva javanica (Burm.f.) Juss. ex Schult
  • Synonyms : Achyranthes javanica (Burm.f.) Pers.
  • Common Name : Gorakhganjo
  • Plant Family : Amaranthaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Aerva javanica Plant :

  • Habit : Erect, hoary - tomentose, woolly - tomentose undershrubs or shrubs, 0.6 - 1 m tall.
  • Stem : Terete, branched, clothed with thick pale - white hairs.
  • Leaves : Sessile or sub - sessile, ovate - lanceolate or linear - oblong or spathulate, greenish -white - tomentose, acute or obtuse at apex, sharply narrowed at base, recurved along the margin, densely tomentose pale - white, in densely white - wooly elongate spikes.
  • Inflorescence : Spikes
  • Flowers : Spikes greenish - white, woolly, often in leafless, terminal panicles.
  • Fruits : Utricle orbicular - ovoid, thin.
  • Seeds : Minute, ovoid, black or dark brown, shining.
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : July - January