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Flowering Plants of Kerala: Dwarf White Orchid Tree

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Mandarapoo mooli........ kaathil thaimaasam vannallo..
sindhoora poo paadi koode....nee swanthamaayallo...........

(beautiful song from the Malayalam movie Vinodayathra)

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae (The Pea family)
Botanical name: Bauhinia acuminata
Common Name: Dwarf White Orchid Tree
Malayalam name: Mandaaram
Habit: Perennial Shrub

Flowering Plants of Kerala: Mexican Petunia

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Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae (The Barleria family)
Botanical name: Ruellia simplex or R. brittoniana or R. tweediana
Common Name: Mexican Petunia or Mexican Bluebell
Habit: Perennial Herb
Flower Color: Blue, Pink, White

Flowering Plants of Kerala: King's Mantle

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Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Scrophulariales
Family: Acanthaceae (The Barleria family)
Botanical name: Thunbergia erecta
Common Name: King's Mantle or Bush Clock Vine 
Habit: Perennial Shrub

Flowering Plants of Kerala: Creeping Daisy

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Asteraceae is one of the largest plant families. The family includes many garden ornamental plants like Aster, Sunflower, Daisy, Marigold (Banthi), Gerbera, Dahlia, Zinnia, Chrysanthemum (Jamanthi), Cosmos (Sooryakanthi), Dandelion, Golden Everlasting, Chamomile and many more.

Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae (The Aster family)
Botanical name: Sphagneticola trilobata or Wedelia trilobata
Common Name: Creeping Daisy or Singapore Daisy or Yellow Dots
Habit: Perennial Herb
Specialty: The plant makes an excellent groundcover

Flowering Plants of Kerala: Golden Trumpet

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Kingdom: Plantae
Subkingdom: Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision: Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division: Angiosperms - Flowering plants
Class: Dicots
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Gentianales
Family: Apocynaceae (The Dogbane family)
Botanical name: Allamanda cathartica
Common Name: Golden Trumpet
Malayalam Name: Manjakolambi
Habit: Perennial Climber