Ceylon Riverweed
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Ceylon Riverweed
P Native Herb Unknown Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Ceylon Riverweed
Botanical name: Dalzellia ceylanica    Family: Podostemaceae (Riverweed family)
Synonyms: Dalzellia lawii, Dalzellia foliosa, Dalzellia pedunculosa

Ceylon Riverweed is a small aquatic herb. Thallus is nearly round at tip and notched. Leaves are scaly, numerous on edges and top of thallus. Flowers are borne at branch-ends to the thallus, solitary. Flower-cluster-stalk 0.4-0.6 cm long. Tepals are 3. Stamens 3. Ovary minute, 3-celled; ovules many. Capsule 0.1-0.2 cm long, ellipsoid, 9-ribbed. Seeds minute, many. Ceylon Riverweed is found in Western Ghats, aquatic, on rocks in running streams.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka.

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