Small-Flowered Lindernia
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Small-Flowered Lindernia
ative ovate Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Small-Flowered Lindernia
Botanical name: Lindernia parviflora    Family: Linderniaceae (Lindernia family)
Synonyms: Bonnaya parviflora, Ilysanthes parviflora

Small-flowered lindernia is a slender, much branched, prostrate herb, 10-20 cm high, with stems hairless. Leaves are up to 1.5 x 0.7 cm, ovate, pointed, entire, stalkless; nerves 3 pairs. Flowers are borne in branch-end racemes or in upper in leaf-axils. Bracts are 5 x 3 mm, ovate; flower-stalk deflexed in fruit, 1.5 cm long; sepals 3 mm long, fused at base. Flower are 6 mm long; upper lip bifurcated at tip; lower lip bluntly 3-lobed; staminodes with lateral vermiform appendages. Capsules are 5 x 2.5 mm, ovoid, hairless; seeds 0.3 mm long, obovoid, yellow, hairless. Small-flowered Lindernia is widespread in Tropical Africa, India and SE Asia. Flowering: August-December.

Identification credit: Satish Pardeshi, Dinesh Valke, Prashant Awale Photographed in Mumbai.

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