Diverging Dewflower
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Diverging Dewflower
P Native Photo: Anil Thakur
Common name: Diverging Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia divergens    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina wallichiana, Aneilema divergens, Phaeneilema divergens

Diverging Dewflower is a perennial herb with stem erect, usually simple, 15-60 cm, sparsely hairy. Leaves are 4-10, all on stem, evenly distributed or aggregated. Leaf sheaths are prominent, about 2 cm. Leaves are lanceshaped to long linear, 5-15 x 1-2.5 cm, often hairless, sometimes below hairy. Flowers are borne several flowered panicles, 2-4 cm, hairless throughout. Sepals are ovate-round, 7-8 mm, persistent. Petals are purple, purple-red, or purple-blue, obovate-round. Fertile stamens are 3; staminodes 3; antherodes 3-sect. Capsules are obovoid or ellipsoid, trigonous, 6.5-8 mm. Diverging Dewflower is found in forests, forest margins, wet grasslands in the HImalayas, mostly in NE India, Nepal to South China, at altitudes of 1500-3400 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Anil Thakur Photographed near Shimla, Himachal Pradesh.

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