Deceptive Starviolet   
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Deceptive Starviolet
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Deceptive Starviolet
Botanical name: Neanotis decipiens    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Anotis decipiens

Deceptive Starviolet is a prostrate herb, rooting at lower nodes, with stems hairless. Leaves are simple, opposite, ovate, tapering, sparsely hairy; nerves 7-9 pairs; leaf-stalk 3 cm long, hairy. Flowers are borne in cymes 3-5 cm across, at branch-ends; branches hairless, slender. Flowers are 5-6 mm long, blue or pink, nearly stalkless. Sepals are ovate, fringed with hairs. Flower tube is slender, shortly hairy inside, petals ovate, hairy. Deceptive Starviolet is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Wagaman, Kerala.

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