Three-Leaf Carpetweed
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Three-Leaf Carpetweed
P Native Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Three-Leaf Carpetweed
Botanical name: Mollugo disticha    Family: Molluginaceae (Carpetweed family)
Synonyms: Mollugo racemosa, Mollugo triphylla

Three-Leaf Carpetweed is a herb with several main stems prostrate to rising up from a strong tap-root. Branched stems are angled. Leaves are arraanged in whorls or pseudo-whorls of 3-6 or more, thin, up to 3 cm long, lanceshaped to spoon-shaped, pointed or slightly rounded at tip, contracted gradually to a slight leaf-stalk at base, margins nearly entire. Flowers are borne in prominent stiff raceme-like, up to 5 cm long cymes, whose branches are often prominently zig-zag. Flower-stalks are 1-3 mm long, very slender; flower buds spherical. Sepals are 5, looking like petals, nearly round, concave, overlapping, greenish-white with white hyaline margins, accrescent to about 4 mm, when mature and enclosing the fruit. Petals are absent. Stamens are 5, shorter than the sepals. Capsules are spherical, thin walled. Three-Leaf Carpetweed is found on sandy seacoasts and riverbanks, in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, S. Kasim Photographed in Puducherry, Tami Nadu.

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