Pygmy Stone Flower
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Pygmy Stone Flower
A Native Photo: Raja Ghosh
Common name: Pygmy Stone Flower
Botanical name: Didymocarpus pygmaeus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Roettlera pygmaea

Pygmy Stone Flower is a tiny, annual, velvet-hairy herb with stem 0.4-2.5 cm tall, slender, curved, bearing one leaf at its tip. Leaf is elliptic-ovate, 2-8 x 1.2-6.5 cm or much smaller, oblique, blunt at both ends, thin; leaf-stalk 0-2 mm long. Flower-stalks are few, 5-8 mm long. Flowers are white, tubular, 2-5 mm long. Sepals are linear, 2-5 mm long. Stamens are two, fertile, two, linear rudiments, hairless. Ovary and style hairy; stigma small, subcapitate, scarcely 2-lobed. Capsule is 1.5-2 cm long, nearly straight, 2-valved. Pygmy Stone Flower is native to NW and Central India. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Raja Ghosh Photographed in Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jharkhand.

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