Leafless Dopatrium
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Leafless Dopatrium
A Native Unknown Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Leafless Dopatrium
Botanical name: Dopatrium nudicaule    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)
Synonyms: Gratiola aphylla, Gratiola cuneifolia, Gratiola nudicaulis

Leafless Dopatrium is an annual herb with stems often fleshy, simple or sparingly branched, mostly hairless. Showy blue flowers borne atop leafless stems. Calyx deeply 5-cut, sepals overlapping. Flower are somewhat two-lipped; flower tube slender at the base, dilated at the throat; upper lip shortly divided into two, lower lip spreading, broadly 3-lobed. Stamens are 4, the 2 posterior fertile, included, filaments thread-like, anther thecae parallel; anterior 2 reduced to staminodes, minute. Capsules are small, spherical, splitting open. Leafless Dopatrium is found in Peninsular India, Sri Lanka and Philippines. Flowering: November-July.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary. Nagapattinam distt., Tamil Nadu.

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