Strap-Leaf Dewflower
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Strap-Leaf Dewflower
P Native Photo: Dhananjay Rawool
Common name: Strap-Leaf Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia loriformis    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Murdannia angustifolia, Aneilema loriforme, Aneilema terminale

Strap-Leaf Dewflower is a perennial herb, with lilac 3-petal flowers. Flowers are borne at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, in few flowered clusters, flower-cluster-stalk about 10 cm long, hairless. Flowers are about 9 mm wide, flower-stalks 2-3 mm long, hairless; sepals lanceshaped-elliptic, about 3 x 2 mm, green. Petals are obovate, about 5 x 4 mm, lilac-blue to lilac; stamens 2, antisepalous, curving outwardly, filaments densely to sparsely bearded, anthers broadly elliptic; staminodes 3. The main stem is undeveloped, fertile stems numerous arising from rosette, spreading or rising up, measuring 15-50 cm, hairless or finely velvet-hairy. Basal leaves have linear-straplike blade measuring 5-15 cm x 6-9 cm, with cilated margins proximally. Stem leaves are shorter, fringed with hairs only on one side of the sheath mouth, hairless elsewhere. Capsule is ovoid-spherical, trigonous, 3-4 mm. Strap-Leaf Dewflower is found in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, China, Bangaldesh, SE Asia. Flowering: August-January.
Medicinal uses: In Thailand the fresh leaves of Strap-Leaf Dewflower are used extensively to treat various kinds of cancer including those of liver, stomach, intestines, uterus and breast. It is also used to treat leukaemia. Some Thai traditional practitioners use this plant to treat cough, colds and inflammed wounds. It is also said to be able to reduce blood sugar levels.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Nemale, Sawantwadi, Maharashtra.

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