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Common Name : Little Tree plant     -       Scientific Name : Biophytum nervifolium (Oxalidaceae)       -       Other Name : Gas Nidikumba (S), Sensitive Plant (E)
Pallekandal Pitiya
01/13/2014
Pallekandal Pitiya
01/13/2014
Pallekandal Pitiya
01/13/2014

This indigenous species is found in the dry lowlands of the country. Other than Sri Lanka it is also found in South India.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as “Vulnerable” (National Red List 2012).

In India a paste made of the leaves of this plant is applied on the forehead to relieve severe headache.

I have seen and photographed this species in Arippu, Mannar and in the Delft Island.

In Wilpattu I found these plants in bloom at Pallekandal Pitiya in January.