Law's Persian Violet
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Law's Persian Violet
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Law's Persian Violet • Malayalam: Manali • Marathi: लहान चिरायत Lahan chirayat • Tamil: Marukozhunthu
Botanical name: Exacum lawii    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Law's Persian Violet is a small erect herb, growing up to 5-10 cm tall. Slender stems are square in cross-section, branched at the top. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves are ovate, thick, 3-nerved, 6-8 mm long. Flowers arise in clusters at the end of branches. Stalk of the flower cluster is 1-5 cm long. Sepals are 4, not winged. Flowers are bluish purple, 6-10 mm across, with 4 broadly ovate-lanceshaped petals, purple at the base. Anthers are yellow. Capsules are 3 mm, round. Flowering: September.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.
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