Chinese Salomonia
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Chinese Salomonia
A Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Chinese Salomonia • Nepali: मेथी घाँस Methee Ghaas • Mizo: Nuaiphawn
Botanical name: Salomonia cantoniensis    Family: Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
Synonyms: Salomonia edentula

Chinese Salomonia is a herb up to 30-40 cm. Leaves are broadly ovate, 4-15 by 3-10 mm, slightly heart-shaped at base, acutish and mucronate at tip, 3-5-nerved, hairless. Flowers are 1.7-2.6 mm long, white to light violet. Sepals are subequal, 0.5-0.8 mm long. Capsules are about 1 x 1.5-2 mm, walls of cells with protruding netveined venation. Chinese Salomonia is found in the Himalayas, from Uttarakhand to Bhutan, N. Burma, east to China, Malaysia, at altitudes of 700-1600 m.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh Photographed in Guwahati Assam.

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