Prostrate Manyseed
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Prostrate Manyseed
A Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Prostrate Manyseed, Prostrate Allseed • Assamese: ঘীমা Ghima • Hindi: Sureta
Botanical name: Polycarpon prostratum    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Polycarpaea prostrata, Arenaria prostrata, Spergula prostrata

Prostrate Manyseed is an annual herb with rising up spreading branches. Leaves are opposite or nearly whorled, nearly stalkless, inverted-lanceshaped, velvet-hairy, 0.3-3 cm long; margin entire. Stipules are whitish, membranous, 1-2 mm. Flowers are borne at branch-ends or in leaf-axils, in many-flowered cymes. Petals are 5 (less often 2-3 or 0), membranous, pointed. Sepals are 3-4 mm, broad green in the middle and with whitish hyaline margins, sttamens 3-5. Capsules are ellipsoid, shorter than the persistent sepals, with 3 membranous valves. Prostrate Manyseed is seen In open sandy habitats, from Africa to Indian subcontinent to Indo-China.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Bangalore, Karnataka.

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