Antispiral Water Trumpet
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Antispiral Water Trumpet
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Antispiral Water Trumpet
Botanical name: Cryptocoryne retrospiralis    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Cryptocoryne roxburghiana, Cryptocoryne dalzellii

Antispiral Water Trumpet is a stolon forming marshy herb. Leaves are many, up to 16 x 0.8 cm, linear-oblong, pointed, hairless, sheath white, closed. Peduncle are 2-3 cm long, slender, solitary. Spathe is 10-12 cm long, partitioned by a transverse diaphrum above the spadix; tube above the diaphrum 6 cm long, limb 3 cm long, spirally twisted, acuminate, pale brown with deep brown spots. Spadix 14 mm long, included in the chamber, slender at middle. Female flowers are 4 or 5, one-whorled at the base; ovaries connate, l-celled, ovules many, on parietal placentas; style short, curved. Neutral flowers 4-6, above the female flowers as a whorl of appendages. Male flowers are many, in terminal globose clusters; stamens 1 or 2. Antispiral Water Trumpet is found in South and NE India, and Myanmar. Flowering: November-March.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur Taluk, Hassan, Karnataka.

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