Golden-Tip Rock-Grass
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Golden-Tip Rock-Grass
A Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Golden-Tip Rock-Grass
Botanical name: Polycarpaea aurea    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Golden-Tip Rock-Grass is an annual erect herbs, up to 30 cm high, sometimes shorter, much branched and woody; with slender branches beaing gloden yellow flowers at the tip. Leaves are opposite, rarely pseudowhorled, stalkless, linear, blunt at base, entire at margin, with a short sharp point at tip, 10-50 x 1-2 mm, hairless. Flowers are borne in irregular lax cymes. Flowers are about 3 mm long, with 5 free, oblong-obovate, blunt petals, about 1.2 x 0.5 mm, partly enclosing capsule, shining, brown. Stamens are 5, forming a cup of about 0.2 mm high at base with petals and encircling ovary. Sepals are 5, free, ovate-lanceshaped, entire, pointed, about 2 x 0.8 mm, exceeding petals and capsules, scarious, reddish brown. Capsules are ovoid-elliptic, about 1.2 x 1 mm, 3-valved. Golden-Tip Rock-Grass is found in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Bellary, Karnataka.

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