Large Dewflower
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Large Dewflower
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Large Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia simplex    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina simplex, Murdannia sinica

Large Dewflower is a perennial herb, 30-60 cm. Leaves 3-4, mostly basal; lamina up to 20 x 1 cm, linear, glabrous, but ciliate towards the base; basal part sheathing. Inflorescence bearing scars of early flowers. Flowers opening in late afternoon. Petals 3, equal, obovate, about1 cm. Stamens: 2 upper, fertile and curved downwards, the third sterile; filaments with long purple, beaded hairs. Staminodes 3 with glabrous filaments, the empty anthers yellow and 3-lobed. Capsule oblong-spherical, c.6 mm. Seeds oblong-spherical, 1.5 mm, the transverse ribs tuberculate, reticulate.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at Kas plateau, Maharashtra.
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