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Caesarweed   
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Caesarweed
aturalized Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Caesarweed • Hindi: Bachita, Unga, Lapetua • Manipuri: সমপাকপী Sampakpi • Marathi: वनभॆंडी Vanbhendi • Tamil: Ottatti • Telugu: Nalla Benda, Pedda Benda • Kannada: Otte • Nepali: नालुकुरो Naalukuro, भेरेझार Bherejhaar, बरियार Bariyaar, डल्ले कुरो Dalle Kuro, कटहरे कुरो Katahare Kuro
Botanical name: Urena lobata    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Caesarweed is a pantropical weed, having pink flowers like miniature hollyhocks. Many taxonomists now believe it evolved somewhere in Asia. Caesarweed grows to 2 meters in height. The lobed leaves are covered in star-shaped plant hairs which give the leaves a grayish color and raspy feel. The derivation of the common name is uncertain, but may have come from the Latin caesius "bluish-gray" or caesariatus "covered in hair". The ovary of the flower is five-carpellate. If pollinated, each carpel or chamber will produce a seed. The fruit, about a centimeter in diameter, is a flattened globe and dries when mature. It snaps easily from the plant and each of the five wedge-shaped mericarps separate. The outer surface of each mericarp is covered with glochids, minute hooked spines that cling to fabrics and fur and tangle in hair.

Identification credit: Vaibhav and Navendu Pāgé
Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.
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