Rod-Stem Leptodermis
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Rod-Stem Leptodermis
P Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Rod-Stem Leptodermis
Botanical name: Leptodermis virgata    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Rod-Stem Leptodermis is an erect, much branched shrub, 30-70 cm tall. Branches are hairless, rough or bristly, slender. Leaves are 6-12 x 2.5 mm, linear, rough above, hairless beneath, straight or recurved, midrib and nerves obscure; stipules triangular, thickened at margins with long pungent tips, 2-2.5 mm long. Flowers are purplish, about 1 cm long; bracts whitish, about 2.5 mm long. slightly bigger than sepal-cup and almost equalling the capsule. Sepal-cup is hairless; teeth lanceshaped, fringed with hairs at margin, about 2 mm long. Flower tube is about 8 mm long, velvet-hairy, lobes about 1 mm long, triangular. Capsules are 3-3.5 mm, cylindrical. Seed with a few free fibres. Rod-Stem Leptodermis is found in the Himalayas, up to 2300 m, on dry stony soil. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Ashutosh Sharma Photographed in Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh

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