Rushlike Dopatrium
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Rushlike Dopatrium
A Native Herb lanceshaped Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Rushlike Dopatrium
Botanical name: Dopatrium junceum    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)
Synonyms: Gratiola juncea, Dopatrium aristatum, Dopatrium japonicum

Rushlike Dopatrium is an annual herb, up to 50 cm tall. Roots are fibrous, stems fleshy, erect, much branched from base; branches slender, longitudinally striped, hairless. Leaves are sometimes scalelike, gradually decreasing in size upward, stalkless, lanceshaped to somewhat spoon-shaped-lanceshaped, up to 2 cm, base stem-clasping and generally narrowly narrowed, margin entire, tip pointed to blunt; veins inconspicuous. Flower-stalks are slender, up to 1 cm. Sepal cup is bell-shaped, about 2 mm, parted to slightly beyond middle; sepals 5, tip blunt. Flower are white, rose, or pale purple, about twice as long as sepal; lower lip lobes spreading flat; upper lip erect, short. Stamens hairless. Capsule spherical, about 2 mm in diam. Seeds ovoid-oblong; seed coat netveined. Rushlike Dopatrium is found in Himalayas, at altitudes of 200-1200 m, Western Ghats, China & Japan, Malaysia, Australia.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Nashik , Maharashtra.

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