Three-Stamen Pollia
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Three-Stamen Pollia
ative Photo: Thingnam Anne
Common name: Three-Stamen Pollia
Botanical name: Pollia secundiflora    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Aclisia cumingiana, Aclisia elegans, Aclisia secundiflora

Three-Stamen Pollia is an erect perennial herb, up to 20 cm tall with stem up to 7 mm thick, sparsely white-velvety. Elliptic leaves are stalkless, about 20 cm long, 5 cm broad, warty above, velvety below. Leaf sheath is about 2.5 cm long, rather densely velvety. White flowers borne in a spike longer than distal leaves, more than 20 cm. The spike is densely covered with brown-yellow hooked hairs. Bracts are leaflike, nearly as large as leaves, distal ones much smaller, to 5 mm. Sepals are ovate-round, boat-shaped, about 3 mm, hairless, persistent. Petals are white, obovate, shallowly boat-shaped, about 5 mm. Stamens are 6, with 3 fertile ones and 3 staminodes. Fruit is around, about 6 mm in diameter. Three-Stamen Pollia is found in Eastern Himalayas, China and SE Asia. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: K. Karthigeyan Photographed at Jampui Hills, Tripura & Leimaram, Manipur.

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