Two-Flower Slender-Petal
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Two-Flower Slender-Petal
P Native Photo: Preetha P.S.
Common name: Two-Flower Slender-Petal
Botanical name: Leptopetalum biflorum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis biflora, Oldenlandia biflora, Hedyotis media

Two-Flower Slender-Petal is annual or perennial, erect to prostrate, to 15-30 cm tall herb with stems 4-angled to almost round and/or grooved, hairless. Flowers are nearly stalkless to stalked, apparently distylous. Flowers are white, sometimes flushed with lavender, tubular to somewhat urn-shaped, outside hairless or finely velvet-hairy in lines; tube 1.2-2 mm; petals spoon-shaped-oblong, 1-1.5 mm. Anthers and stigma protruding or not, very small. Sepal-cup is hairless; hypanthium portion top-shaped, 0.5-1 mm; limb lobed essentially to base; sepals triangular, 0.3-1 mm. Flowers are borne at branch-ends and in axils of uppermost leaves, cymose to compound-cymose, 1-6 cm, hairless, 2-12-flowered, stalked; flower-cluster-stalks 0.5-3 cm; bracts triangular to lanceshaped, 0.5-3 mm; flower-stalks 0.5-10 mm. Leaves are nearly stalkless to stalked; leaf-stalk up to 0.5 cm, hairless; blade drying papery to somewhat leathery, elliptic-oblong, elliptic-ovate, obovate, inverted-lanceshaped, or elliptic, 1-4 x 0.3-1 cm, hairless, base pointed to blunt then abruptly narrowing into a winged stalk, tip pointed to rounded. Two-Flower Slender-Petal is found in Tropical & Subtropical Asia to W. Pacific, including East Himalaya. Flowering: January-September.

Identification credit: Preetha P.S. Photographed in Vizhinjam, Kerala.

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