Starry Pipewort
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Starry Pipewort
ative Photo: Manasi Karangutkar
Common name: Starry Pipewort • Marathi: चांदणी गोंडा Chandani gonda
Botanical name: Eriocaulon stellulatum    Family: Eriocaulaceae (Pipewort family)

Starry Pipewort is a small erect herb, 7-8 cm tall. Lance-shaped leaves, 1.2-1.5 cm long, 2-2.5 mm wide, arise from the base. The leaves have 5-6, parallel nerves, which are prominent on the underside. Flower-heads are 6-9 mm across, arising on top of stalks 5-6 mm long, spirally ribbed, hairy. Flower-heads look like little stars on top of erect stems. Floral bracts are longer than flowers. Flowers 2.5-3 mm long, stalkless, unisexual. Male flowers have 3 sepals, 3 joined petals, and 6 stamens. Female flowers have 2 sepals, 3 joined petals, shorter than sepals, hairy. Flowering:September-October.

Identification credit: Milind Sardesai & Dinesh Valke
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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