Stalkless Persian Violet
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Stalkless Persian Violet
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Stalkless Persian Violet • Malayalam: Manali • Marathi: लहान चिरायत Lahan chirayat • Tamil: Marukozhunthu
Botanical name: Exacum lawii    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Exacum sessile

Stalkless Persian Violet is a small erect herb, growing up to 5-10 cm tall. Flowers are bluish purple, 6-10 mm across, with 4 broadly ovate-lanceshaped petals, purple at the base. Anthers are yellow. Sepals are 4, not winged. This feature clearly distinguishes it from Little Persian Violet which has winged calyx. Flowers arise in clusters at the end of branches. Stalk of the flower cluster is 1-5 cm long. Slender stems are square in cross-section, branched at the top. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves are ovate, thick, 3-nerved, 6-8 mm long. Capsules are 3 mm, round. Stalkless Persian Violet is native to Western Ghats. Flowering: September-November.

Identification credit:Prashant Awale, Shahina Shahnavas Photographed in Maharashtra.

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