Purple Penny-Cress
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Purple Penny-Cress
A Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Purple Penny-Cress
Botanical name: Schouwia purpurea    Family: Brassicaceae (Mustard family)
Synonyms: Subularia purpurea, Schouwia arabica, Thlaspi arabicum

Purple Penny-Cress is an annual hairless herb with stem erect, woody, rising up, diffusely branched. Flowers are borne in many flowered racemes, at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, considerably elongated in fruit, ebracteate. Flowers are purple to rose-purple, flower-stalk erect or slightly reflexed, divaricate slender, sepals 4, erect, linear ovate-oblong, inner lateral pair base more or less saccate. Petals are 4, obovate-inverted-lanceshaped, margins entire, tip blunt, longer than sepals. Stamens are 6, tetradynamous. Basal leaves are simple, alternate, inverted-lanceshaped, ovate-elliptic, margin entire to toothed, tip almost blunt to pointed, stalkless or nearly so, upper stem leaves gradually smaller, base stem-clasping, margin entire, toothed to finely toothed, leaf-stalk stalkless. Fruit is siliqua, splitting open, ovate, oval-nearly round, smooth or torulose, base blunt or heart-shaped, tip terminated by a protruding style. Purple Penny-Cress is found in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Iran, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt.

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

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