Montholon's Starviolet
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Montholon's Starviolet
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Montholon's Starviolet, Montholon's Neanotis • Marathi: तणॊती Tanoti
Botanical name: Neanotis montholonii    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Montholon's Starviolet is an erect gragrious herb, growing to 20-30 cm high. Stems and branches are hairy. Oppositely arranged, ovate-lancelike leaves are 3-5 cm long. Leaves are long tipped and hairy on both sides. Leaf stalks are 4-7 mm. Light pink to deep purple, funnel shaped flowers occur in cymes at the end of branches and in leaf axils. The flower tube is 5-6 mm long with 4 triangular petals. Stamens, 4 in number, protrude out of the flower. Capsules are black, clustered into a beehive shape. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.
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