Scarlet Laurembergia
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Scarlet Laurembergia
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Scarlet Laurembergia
Botanical name: Laurembergia coccinea    Family: Haloragaceae (Watermilfoil family)
Synonyms: Laurembergia indica, Laurembergia grandifolia

Scarlet Laurembergia is a procumbent herb; stem hairy, reddish. Leaves are up to 1 x 0.5 cm, obovate or inverted-lanceshaped, toothed, hairy. Female flowers are stalkless, in leaf-axils, 3-5-together; sepals 4, 0.5 mm long, bristly; petals absent; ovary 1-celled; ovules 4; styles 4; short. Male flowers are stalked; sepals 4, similar to female flowers; petals 4, 3 mm long, yellow; stamens 8, filaments short; anthers 3 mm long, oblong. Capsule is 1-seeded, bristly, 1 mm long, subspherical. Scarlet Laurembergia is found in Indo-Malesia. In India it is found in Southern India. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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