Free-Flowering Rotala
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Free-Flowering Rotala
A Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Free-Flowering Rotala
Botanical name: Rotala floribunda    Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle family)
Synonyms: Ameletia floribunda, Nimmoia floribunda, Ammannia floribunda

Free-Flowering Rotala is an annual erect herb, shortly creeping at the base. Stems are often branched, 20-25 cm. Lower leaves are 2.5-5 cm, broad-oblong, blunt, stalkless, base broad. Upper leaves are 6-12 mm, linear or narrow-oblong. Flowers are stalkless, borne in close-packed spikes on threadlike flower-cluster-stalks. Floral-leaf is one for each flower, oblong or lanceshaped, bracteoles are lanceshaped, more than half the length of the calyx. Sepal-tube is bell-shaped, elongate, teeth 4, pointed. Petals are 4, obovate, nearly twice the calyx teeth, bright rose in color. Capsule is ellipsoid, much longer than broad. Free-Flowering Rotala is endemic to Mahabaleshwar hills in Maharashtra.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed at Kates point, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.

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