Botanical name: Trichuriella monsoniae Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Aerva monsoniae, Trichurus monsoniae, Illecebrum monsoniae
Monson's Knotgrass is an erect herbs, up to 10 cm tall, named for Lady Ann Monson, 18th century plant collector of the Cape of Good Hope and in Bengal. Leaves decussate or clustered below, alternate above, linear-pointed, nearly stalkless, 1 x 0.05 cm. Flower spikes are clustered; flowers bisexual, 2-bracteolate; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceshaped, scarious, hyaline, midrib prominent, excurrent into an awn. Tepals are 4-5, nearly equal, lanceshaped, 1-nerved, long-pointed. Stamens are 4, fused at base into a sheath, anthers globose. Ovary is depressed-globose; ovule solitary; style short; stigma minute. Utricle circumscissile; seeds ovoid, shiny, black. Monson's Knotgrass is found in Western Ghats, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Flowering: October.
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