Two-Shaped Dewflower
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Two-Shaped Dewflower
A Native Herb lanceshaped Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Two-Shaped Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia dimorpha    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Aneilema dimorphum, Aneilema paniculatum, Phaeneilema dimorphum

Two-Shaped Dewflower is an erect annual herb, with stems up to 30 cm tall, velvet-hairy. Leaves are up to 8 x 0.7 cm, lanceshaped, pointed at tip, heart-shaped at base, glandular below, thinly velvet-hairy above; sheath open, minutely hairy, pink. Flowers are borne in panicled cymes, at branch-ends; flower-cluster-stalk 5-8 cm long. Flowers are 8-9 mm across; flower-stalk 7 mm long, slender; sepals 3 mm long, ovate, pointed; petals 4 x 3 mm, obovate, hairless; stamens 3, filaments bearded; staminodes 3-lobed, filaments naked. Capsule 6 x 3 mm, oblong, hairless; seeds cubical, pitted. Two-Shaped Dewflower is found in Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Udupi, Karnataka.

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