Indian Starviolet
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Indian Starviolet
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Indian Starviolet
Botanical name: Neanotis indica    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis leschenaultiana, Hedyotis deltoidea, Anotis leschenaultiana

Indian Starviolet is a spreading velvet-hairy herb, rooting at lower nodes. Leaves are ovate, pointed or shortly tapering, base blunt or pointed, bristly on both sides, to 4 x 2.5 cm; stipules hairy, lobes subulate. Flowers are borne in woolly cymes, at branch-ends and in leaf-axils. Sepals are ovate-lanceshaped, flower pale pink, woolly, funnel shaped, 3 mm long. Stigma is 2-lobed. Indian Starviolet is found in India and parts of SE Asia. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Wagaman, Kerala.

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