Colombian Waxweed
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Colombian Waxweed
A Naturalized Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Colombian Waxweed
Botanical name: Cuphea carthagenensis    Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle family)
Synonyms: Cuphea pinto, Cuphea divaricata, Cuphea balsamona

Colombian Waxweed is an erect or spreading herb up to a foot tall, glandular-velvet-hairy and bristly. Leaves are opposite, blade ovate to elliptic, 1.0-5.5 cm long, 0.5-2 cm wide, both surfaces rough; nearly stalkless to shortly stalked. Flowers are small, borne in short monochasial cymes or sometimes solitary in the axils of the leaves. Hypanthium is 4.5-5.5 mm long, 11-veined, shortly spurred at the base. Sepals are 6, 0.5 mm long. Petals 6, obovate, 1.5-2 mm long, violet to purple. Stamens are 11, not protruding out. Capsule is spherical, about 2 mm diam.; seeds 4-8, brown, discoid. is a native of C & S America, naturalized in parts of India.

Identification credit: Ritesh Choudhary, J.M. Garg Photographed in Manipur & Arunachal Pradesh.

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