Fringed-Leaf Milkwort
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Fringed-Leaf Milkwort
A Native Unknown Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Fringed-Leaf Milkwort
Botanical name: Salomonia ciliata    Family: Polygalaceae (Milkwort family)
Synonyms: Polygala ciliata, Salomonia cordata, Salomonia rigida

Fringed-Leaf Milkwort is an annual herb, erect or prostrate, 5-25 cm high; stems angled, often hairless, fluted. Flowers are borne in spikes at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, 10-17 cm long; axises winged; bracts linear, about 1.5 mm long. Flowers are opposite, superposed, crowded, 2-3 mm long, pink. Petals are 3, pink or purplish; median petal keeled, about 3 mm long; lateral ones lanceshaped, to1.8 mm long, adnate to keel petal. Stamens are 4, style about 2 mm long. Sepals are linear-lanceshaped, pointed at tip, 1.5-2 x about 0.5 mm, fringed with hairs, persistent; inner 2 somewhat larger. Leaves are stalkless, elliptic to oblong-lanceshaped, rounded-blunt or nearly heart-shaped at base, entire and fringed with hairs at margin, blunt-with a short sharp point at tip, 4-14 x 2-8 mm, sparsely fringed with hairs or hairless. Capsules is inverted-kidney-shaped, deeply notched or 2- lobed at base, winged at margin, about 1 x 2 mm. Fringed-Leaf Milkwort is found in Tropical & Subtropical Asia to NW Pacific. Flowering: October-December

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Devrukh, Maharashtra.

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