Large-Sepal Starviolet
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Large-Sepal Starviolet
A Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Large-Sepal Starviolet
Botanical name: Neanotis calycina    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis calycina, Hedyotis pahompokae, Neanotis pahompokae

Large-Sepal Starviolet is an erect to rising up, annual or perhaps perennial herb with stems 4-angled to almost round or grooved, hairless or sparsely finely velvet-hairy. Flowers are white, pale pink, or pale purple, tubular to tubular-funnel-shaped, outside hairless; tube 1.5-2 mm, apparently hairless in throat; petals triangular to lanceshaped, 0.5-1 mm, blunt to pointed. Flowers are stalkless or with up to 7 mm stalk. Sepal-cup is hairless, about 0.8 mm; limb divided essentially to base into triangular sepals 0.5-1.3 mm, entire to fringed, pointed. Flowers are borne singly or in several flowered cymes, carried on flower-cluster-stalks 0.5-2.5 cm long. Leaves are nearly stalkless or stalked, lanceshaped to ovate-lanceshaped or lanceshaped-elliptic, 1-3.5 x 0.5-1.5 cm, above sparsely rough to finely velvet-hairy, below hairless or finely velvet-hairy to rough on principal veins, base wedge-shaped to pointed, margins fringed with hairs to rough, tip pointed to tapering; secondary veins 3 or 4 pairs. Capsules are compressed spherical, 1.5-2 x about 3 mm, hairless. Large-Sepal Starviolet is found in the Himalayas, from Kashmir to NE India, Burma, Indo-China, W China and Western Ghats, at altitudes of 1000-3200 m. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh.

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