Three-Nerved Leaf-Flower
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Three-Nerved Leaf-Flower
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Three-Nerved Leaf-Flower
Botanical name: Breynia trinervia    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Synonyms: Phyllanthus trinervius, Aalius trinervia, Sauropus trinervius

Three-Nerved Leaf-Flower is an erect shrub up to 4 m tall, hairless except for glandular-velvet-hairy branches; branches angular. Stipules are lanceshaped, 5-8 mm; leaf-stalk about 3 mm; leaf blade ovate or ovate-lanceshaped, 4-12.5 × 2-3.5 cm, base blunt or rounded, tip pointed; basal veins 3, lateral veins 4-6 pairs, slender. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils. Male flowers occur in racemes on short flower-cluster-stalks, with minute bracts; flower-stalks slender, 7-10 mm; calyx enlarging, about 5 mm in diameter, 6-lobed to middle; sepals ovate-triangular, about 4 mm, reflexed; disk segments 6, stamens 3; filaments fused into a cylinder. Female flowers occur singly in leaf-axils; flower-stalk about 7 mm; calyx 4-6 mm in diameter. Sepals are 6, biseriate, usually unequal, obovate, outer 2 × as long as inner. Fruiting flower-stalk absent; capsule spherical, about 2.5 cm in diameter. Three-Nerved Leaf-Flower is found in East Himalayas, Bangladesh, China South-Central, Myanmar, at altitudes of 800-1300 m. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: Tapas Chakrabarty Photographed in Leimaram, Manipur & Guwahati, Assam.

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