Indian Bishop's Hat
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Indian Bishop's Hat
A Native Photo: Arunraj Kedharam
Common name: Indian Bishop's Hat
Botanical name: Mitrasacme prolifera    Family: Loganiaceae (Logania family)
Synonyms: Mitrasacme indica, Mitrasacme pusilla, Mitrasacme crystallina

Indian Bishop's Hat is a hairless herb up to 7 cm tall. Leaves are 5-10 x 1-2 mm, linear-lanceshaped, base and tip pointed, nearly stalkless; leaf-stalk faintly sheathing at base. Flowers are white, solitary or 2-3 clustered in leaf axils. Flower-stalks are thread-like, up to 1 cm long. Sepal-tube is 1 mm long; sepals 4, as long as the tube. Flowers are up to 2 mm long, bell-shaped, hairy within the throat. Stamens are 4, not protruding out, anthers oblong. Ovary is nearly spherical; style 2, fused above. Capsule is about 2 mm across, almost spherical. Indian Bishop's Hat is found in Indo-Malesia to Australia and East Asia. In India it is found mostly in Kerala. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Arunraj Kedharam Photographed in Kerala.

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