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Erect Spiderling   
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Erect Spiderling
P Naturalized Herb
Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Erect Spiderling, Erect boerhavia, Erect tar vine • Hindi: श्वेता shweta • Marathi: पांढरी पुनर्नवा pandhari punarnava
Botanical name: Boerhavia erecta    Family: Nyctaginaceae (Bougainvillea family)

Erect Spiderling is a perennial herb to 1 m tall, the erect cousin of Red Spiderling. It is a plant with a robust taproot. Stems are sticky, thickened at nodes, green or purple. Leaves occur in unequal pairs, have stalks and are finely hairy. Larger leaves 1-4 X 0.5-2.5 cm, and the smaller ones are 0.5-3 X 0.4-2 cm. Flowers occur in panicles or umbel-like clusters in leaf axils or at the end of branches, with 3-9 flowers per bunch. Flower tube is constricted about the middle, green below, and white to pink in the upper part, divided into 5-lobes. Fruit is to 4 mm long, thin-walled, ribbed, and becomes sticky when wet. It contains a single, club-shaped, longitudinally-ribbed seed. Erect Spiderling is native to the American continent, Africa and South-East Asia, and is widely naturalized in many regions.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Vaghbil, Thane, Maharashtra.