Abraham's Sweet Broom Weed
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Abraham's Sweet Broom Weed
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Abraham's Sweet Broom Weed, Abraham's Sweet Broom Wort • Hindi: मीठी पत्ती Mithi patti, घॊड़ा तुलसी Ghoda tulsi
Botanical name: Scoparia dulcis var. abrahamii    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)

Abraham's Sweet Broom Weed is a branched herb with wiry stems, growing up to 1 m tall. This variety is named for scientist V. Abraham of BARC, India. Small white, hairy flowers occur in leaf axils. The stamens are greenish and the ovary is green. Flower-stalk is 5-10 mm, hairless. Calyx is lobed to the base; sepals 4, ovate-oblong, about 2 mm, margin fringed with hairs, tip blunt. Flowers are white, about 4 mm across. Tube is densely hairy at throat, petals 2-3 mm, narrow oblong, curved sickle-like. Stamens protruding. Style erect. Rhomboid-ovate leaves are arranged oppositely or in whorls of 3. Leaves are 3-4 X 1-1.5 cm wide, with serrated margins. Stem leaves are narrower, almost linear. The capsule is nearly round. Abraham's Sweet Broom Weed is native to Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Maharashtra.

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