Ammannia Waterwort
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Ammannia Waterwort
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Ammannia Waterwort
Botanical name: Bergia ammannioides    Family: Elatinaceae (Waterwort family)
Synonyms: Elatine ammannioides, Bergia pentandra, Bergia oryzetorum

Ammannia Waterwort is an erect annual herb, usually less than 50 cm high with hairy stems. Leaves are elliptic to oblong, to about 3 cm long, pointed, hairless or with scattered hairs. Tiny reddish flowers are borne in dense axillary clusters. Sepals are 5, 2-3 mm long, pointed, hairy. Petals are also 5, 1.5-2 mm long, blunt. Stamens are 5, ovary 3-5-locular, styles 3-5. Capsule is nearly spherical,about as long as the sepals, seeds numerous, cylindrical, slightly pitted. Ammannia Waterwort is widely distributed globally.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Tharalu estate, Bangalore.

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