Common name: Waterkanon, Watrakanu, Minnie Root, Iron root, Feverroot, Popping pod, Ruwel (Marathi)
Botanical name: Ruellia tuberosa Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)
Minnie Root is a West Indian herb with curiously shaped blue flowers and
fusiform tuberous roots. A tropical perennial growing up to a height of 6½"
with a hairy stem.
The simple leaves are opposite and elliptic; the plant only flowers after the
start of the rainy season. It has thick finger-like roots.
The big bisexual flowers are violet.
The ripe fruits, in a pod with 7-8 seeds each, burst open, when they get wet
and the black seeds are hurdled away.
Identification credit: Navendu Pagé, Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Alibag,