Herbaceous Ayenia
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Herbaceous Ayenia
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Herbaceous Ayenia
Botanical name: Ayenia herbacea    Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Byttneria herbacea, Commersonia herbacea

Herbaceous Ayenia is a profusely branched prostrate herb, with stem hairy. Leaves are simple, alternate, 2-3 x 1.5-2.5 cm, ovate, base heart-shaped, margin toothed, hairy, hairless beneath. Bracts are 1-3, subulate, sepals are basally fused, 4 mm, oblong-laneshaped, petals appendaged, 4 mm, red, staminal tube with 5 stamens and 5 staminodes. Ovary is velvety, 5-celled. Fruit is 0.8 mm across, spherical, septicidal; seeds 1 in each locule, muricate. Herbaceous Ayenia is found in Peninsular India and NE India.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed at Taralu Estate, Bangalore & Jharkhand.

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