Tropical Girdlepod
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Tropical Girdlepod
A Naturalized Photo: Tabish
Common name: Tropical Girdlepod
Botanical name: Mitracarpus hirtus    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Spermacoce diffusa, Spermacoce villosa, Borreria ferruginea

Tropical Girdlepod is an erect velvet-hairy herb with leaves 2-4 x 1.5-2 cm, ovate or ovate-lanceshaped, base blunt, tip pointed, membranous, stalkless; stipule pectinate. Flowers are white, whorled in fascicles in leaf-axils, 4-merous. Bracteoles are thread-like. Sepal-tube is small, unequally 4-lobed, larger 2 sepals about 1 mm long. Flowers are about 1.5 mm long, funnel-shaped; petals 4. Stamens are 4, attached at throat. Ovary is 2-locular, ovule 1-per locule. Capsule is about 1 mm long, ovoid, seeds 2, minute. Tropical Girdlepod is native Tropical Africa and America, now common in India.

Identification credit: J.M. Garg Photographed in Karnataka.

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