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Mysore Bog Star   
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Mysore Bog Star
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Mysore Bog Star
Botanical name: Parnassia mysorensis    Family: Celastraceae (Spike-thorn family)
Synonyms: Parnassia mysorensis var. mysorensis

Mysore Bog Star is a small herb with leaves arising from the root, round to kidney-shaped, base heart-shaped, 0.75-1.5 cm diam; leaf-stalks 1-4.5 cm long. Flowers are are borne singly on flowering stem 6-12 cm long. Flowering stem has a leafy bract at the middle. Calyx is broadly bell-shaped, 0.3-0.35 cm long, sepals 5, broadly ovate. Petals are 5, white, broadly ovate, 0.4-0.5 x 0.2-0.25 cm. Stamens are 5; staminodes 5, alternating with stamens. Ovary is 0.3-0.4 cm long, ovoid, 1-celled; ovules many; style short; stigma 3-4. Capsules is ovoid, 0.4-0.5 x 0.2-0.25 cm, 3-4 valved. Seeds are minute, many. Mysore Bog Star is found in Peninsular India and Eastern Himalayas at altitudes of 2500-3600 m. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma, D.S. Rawat Photographed in Chikamagalur, Karnataka.

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