Umbelled Pollia
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Umbelled Pollia
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Umbelled Pollia
Botanical name: Pollia subumbellata    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Aclisia subumbellata

Umbelled Pollia is a perennial herb with stems erect or ascending, 20-30 cm x 3-5 mm, sparsely finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are mostly clustered at tip of stems; leaf sheath 0.5-2.5 cm, sparsely finely velvet-hairy, mouth fringed with hairs; leaf-stalk 1-2.5 cm; leaf blade elliptic to narrowly ovate, 8-15 x 3-6 cm, hairless above, hairless or finely velvet-hairy below. Inflorescence is much shorter than leaves; flower-cluster-stalk extremely short or absent, finely velvet-hairy; cincinni numerous, not in whorls, about 3 cm, finely velvet-hairy; involucral bracts small, less than 1 cm, finely velvet-hairy; bracts membranous. Flower-stalks are straight or arcuate, about 4 mm in fruit. Sepals are ovate-round, shallowly boat-shaped, about 3 mm, persistent. Petals are blue, white, or greenish yellow, ovate-round, about 2 mm. Stamens are 6; fertile stamens 3; staminodes 3, with shorter filaments. Fruits are spherical, 4-5 mm in diameter. Umbelled Pollia is fund in ravine forests, up to altitudes of 1400 m, in Bhutan, NE India, Sikkim. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed in Vishwanath Chariali, Assam.

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