Dwarf Diamond Flower
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Dwarf Diamond Flower
A Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Dwarf Diamond Flower
Botanical name: Oldenlandia pumila    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis pumila, Oldenlandia crystallina

Dwarf Diamond Flower is an annual herb, much branched at the base; stems mostly prostrate, 3-17 cm long. Leaves are elliptic to elliptic-lanceshaped or linear-lanceshaped, 0.5-1.6 cm long, 1-6 mm wide, pointed at the tip, narrowed to the base, virtually stalkless. Flowers are white, really tiny, hardly 1.5 mm across, tube 1 mm long; lobes ovate, 0.6-0.7 mm long and wide. Sepal-cup is ellipsoid to almost spherical, 1 mm long; sepals triangular, 1-1.2 mm long, 0.5-1 mm wide. Flowers are borne usually solitary at the nodes, rarely apparently in at branch-ends stalked 2-3-flowered cymes, or in in leaf-axils 2-flowered cymes; flower-cluster-stalk 3-9 mm long, flower-stalks 2-3 mm long, threadlike, elongating to 1.1 cm in fruit. Capsules are oblong-ovoid, 2-3 mm long, 1.5-2.2 mm. wide, beak 0.2-0.7 mm. Dwarf Diamond Flower is found in India to Malaya, Jawa.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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