Travancore Hedyotis
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Travancore Hedyotis
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Travancore Hedyotis
Botanical name: Hedyotis travancorica    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Oldenlandia travancorica

Travancore Hedyotis is a small undershrub with solitary flowers and white branchlets. It is a small species with branches woody, diverging, white when old, youngest only pointedly 4-angled. Leaves are clustered towards the end of the branches, green when dry, 1-2 cm, rather leathery, short-stalked, elliptic, pointed or tapering, nerves indistinct, stipules semi-round pectinate. Flower-cluster-stalks are shorter than the leaves, thread-like. Flowers are solitary, 8 mm long, without bracts. Calyx-tube not produced above the ovary. Flowers are funnel-shaped, hairless except the woolly mouth. Capsules are hairless with stiff erect calyx-teeth, cells few-seeded. Sepals are elongate needle-tipped, longer than the capsule. Travancore Hedyotis is found in Western Ghats, in the Travancore and Tirunelveli regions of Tamil Nadu. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in Kalakkad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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