Common name: Dense Leaved Swertia • Marathi: कवडी Kawadi • Kannada: Shilajit
Botanical name: Swertia densifolia Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Dense Leaved Swertia is an erect annual herb, 1-3 ft tall. It has
quadrangular leafy stem. Leaves are stalkless, crowded. broadly ovate, 2-4 cm
long. Flowers occur in dense corymb-like cymes, with leafy bracts. Pretty
white flowers have 4 ovate petals, 8 mm long, with blue lines on them.
Stamens are four, with prominent orange anthers. Flowering: January-February.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|