Common name: Kilwar • Marathi: किलवर Kilwar • Hindi: Bhuin neem
Botanical name: Canscora diffusa Family: Gentianaceae (gentian family)
Kilwar is a diffuse annual herb, growing up to 15-50 cm high. It has many
slender branches. Stalkless leaves are oppositely arranged on the branches.
The leaves are ovate, rounded at the base, 1-2 cm long. Flowers occur in lax
cymes at the end of branches. Rosy pink flowers are 1-1.5 cm across with three
visible petals. Actually there are 4 petals. Two of them merge to form a
single notched petal. Four stamens emerge out of the flower.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Alibag,