Fringed Flower Rotala
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Fringed Flower Rotala
ative Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Fringed Flower Rotala
Botanical name: Rotala fimbriata    Family: Lythraceae (Crape Myrtle family)
Synonyms: Ammannia pentandra var. fimbriata

Fringed Flower Rotala is an amphibious annual herb, with stems creeping and rooting below, erect above, up to about 50 cm tall, simple or branched, weakly 4-angled. Leaves are arranged in perpendicular pairs, stalkless, lanceshaped to oblong, 1-3 cm long, blunt at tip. Flowers are monomorphic, stalkless, borne singly in axils of leaf-like bracts. Sepal-tube is bell-shaped, 2-2.5 mm long, disintegrating in fruit; sepals are 5 or rarely 6, triangular, about 0.5 mm long; sepal-cup appendages absent. Petals are 5 or rarely 6, pinnately divided into linear segments, 2-3 mm long, bright pink, showy. Stamens are 5 or rarely 6; filaments 3-3.5 mm long, anthers protruding. Capsules are elongate-ellipsoid, about 3 mm long. Fringed Flower Rotala is found in Peninsular India.

Identification credit: Sankara Rao Photographed at Hebbal Campus, Bangalore.

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