Tamilnadu Lindernia
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Tamilnadu Lindernia
P Native Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Tamilnadu Lindernia
Botanical name: Lindernia tamilnadensis    Family: Linderniaceae (Lindernia family)

Tamilnadu Lindernia is an erect or prostrate clustered semi-aquatic herb, up to 15 cm high, rooting from the basal nodes. Flowers are stalked, in leaf-axils, solitary, alternately on leaf axils, one per node. Flowers are 4-5 mm long, 2-lipped, white with bluish blotches on lower lip. Flower tube is cylindrical, 3-4 mm long, hairless; upper lip 1-1 mm, slightly notched at tip, hairless; lower lip distinctly 3-lobed, lobes 1-1 mm, rounded, hairless. Perfect stamens 2, coherent below the upper lip, filaments about 1 mm long, hairless, anthers 2-lobed, lobes ovate, pointed. Staminodes 2, linear, about 1 mm long. Sepal-cup is 2-2.5 mm long, deeply 5-lobed, glandular hairy outside, hairless within; sepals lanceshaped, 1.5-2 x 0.3-0.5 mm, tip pointed. Flower-stalk slender, about 4-8 mm long, 4-angled, glandular hairy; fruiting flower-stalk hairless, erect. Stem is slender, weak, 4-angled, hairless, highly branched from the base; internodes about 2.5 cm long. Leaves are stalkless, 0.5-1.5 x 0.4-1.2 cm, ovate, somewhat heart-shaped, tip pointed or sometimes rounded, margins entire towards the older parts, 2-4 toothed towards the tip, hairless, basally 3-5 nerved, veins distinct, blade glandular dotted. Capsule is spherical, 2.5-2 mm, hairless, shiny, slightly exceeding the length of persistent sepal-cup. Tamilnadu Lindernia is found in Peninsular India, particularly, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.

Identification credit: Aaratrik Pal Photographed in Maharashtra.

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