Pink Centaury   
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Pink Centaury
Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Pink Centaury • Hindi: Barikchirayata, charayatah, charayatah, Khetachirayata • Marathi: lahankirayat, lantak • Sanskrit: Yavatikta
Botanical name: Centaurium meyeri    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Erythraea meyeri, Erythraea roxburghii, Centaurium centaurioides

Luntak is an annual herb, 5-20 cm tall. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves, 2-3 cm long, are oblong in shape. Flowers occur in dichotomous cymes with a flower in each fork. Flowers are 1-2 cm, star-shaped, pink in color, with 5 spreading petals. Five stamens protrude out of the flower. Capsule 8-10 mm.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed at "Telbailla", Maharashtra.
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