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Asiatic Dewflower   
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Asiatic Dewflower
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Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Asiatic Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia spirata    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina spirata, Aneilema spiratum, Aphylax spiralis

Asiatic Dewflower is a small annual herb, with erect stems, rooting at lower nodes. Alternately arranged stalkless leaves are 1-3 cm long. Lower ones are linear-lanceshaped, upper ones oblong, heart-shaped, stem-clasping. Flowers are borne in branched panicles. Flowers are blue, carried on 2 cm long stalks. Flowers have 3 rounded petals and 3 fertile stamens with bearded filaments. Filaments of staminoides are naked. Capsules are 2-3 mm across round. Asiatic Dewflower is occasionally found in the grasslands of Western Ghats. It is also found in the Himalayas, at altitudes of 550-1800 m. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Soni Bisht
Photographed in Panvel, Maharashtra & Uttarakhand.
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