Common name: Diffuse Hogweed • Marathi: Punarnava, पुंगली Pungali • Tamil: Kodi Minnai, Mukkuttikkodi, Ucha • Telugu: Kanne Komali, Atukumamidi
Botanical name: Commicarpus chinensis Family: Nyctaginaceae (Bougainvillea family)
Synonyms: Boerhavia chinensis, Boerhavia repanda, Valeriana chinensis
Diffuse Hogweed is spreading perennial herb. Stems are thick, branches
spreading, to 1 m, smooth or sparsely velvety. Leaf stalks are velvety,
1-3 cm long. Leaf blade is triangular-ovate or heart-shaped-ovate, 3-6 ×
2.5-5 cm, smooth, veins 3-4 pairs. Leaf margin is often alternately curved
inward and outward, having rounded lobes separated by rounded sinuses.
Flowers are born in few-flowered umbels in leaf axils or at the end of
branches. Umbel stalk is 2-4 cm long, while the flower stalks is only 3-7
mm. Flower are tiny, pink, funnel-shaped, 6-8 mm. Stamens are 2-4 in
number, and protrude out of the flower trumpet. Ovary is elliptic and
stigma peltate. Fruit obconic, 6-7 mm, longitudinally 10-ribbed, with
minute glands. Flowering: June-August.
Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
|Photographed in City Forest, Hauz Khas, Delhi.|