Roundleaf Lindernia
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Roundleaf Lindernia
A Native Photo: P.S. Sivaprasad
Common name: Roundleaf Lindernia, Roundleaf Flase Pimpernel • Malayalam: Tsjanga-puspam
Botanical name: Lindernia rotundifolia    Family: Linderniaceae (Lindernia family)
Synonyms: Bonnaya rotundifolia, Ilysanthes rotundifolia, Morgania rotundifolia

Roundleaf Lindernia is an erect or diffuse herbs, rooting at lower nodes. Leaves 0.8-1.3 x 0.5-1 cm, ovate to round, base and tip rounded, margin rounded toothed to subentire, basally 3-nerved, stalkless. Flowers are borne singly in leaf axils, on stalks 0.5-1 cm long, slender. Calyx is deeply divided, sepals 5, 2-2.5 x 1 mm, lanceshaped. Flowers are about 1 cm long, white with blue blotches at mouth and lobes; lobes round. Stamens are 2; staminodes 2, glandular-rough at base. Stigma 2-lamellate. Capsules are about 3 mm long, nearly spherical, equal to or slightly shorter than calyx. Seeds are about 0.5 mm long, oblong, pale brown. Roundleaf Lindernia is found throughout the Paleotropics. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: P.S. Sivaprasad Photographed in Malampuzha, Palakkad distt., Kerala.

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