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Indian Bluethread   
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Indian Bluethread
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Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Indian Bluethread • Marathi: नीलमणि Neelmani
Botanical name: Burmannia coelestis    Family: Burmanniaceae (Bluethread family)
Synonyms: Burmannia caelestis

Indian Bluethread is a species of Bluethread native to the Indian subcontinent. It is an annual herb 5-15 cm tall. Leaves are small, scale-like, arising from the base. Blue flowers arise either singly or 3 together, with the central one stalk less and the other two on thread-like stalks. Flowers are 6-8 mm, bluish-purple, strangely shaped like a tube with 3 rounded wings. Stamens are 3, stalkless; style is short with a 3-lobed stigma. Fruit is a 3-winged capsule. Flowering: November-January.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Bhairavgad, near Patharpunj, Maharashtra.
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