Wandering Snakeherb
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Wandering Snakeherb
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Wandering Snakeherb
Botanical name: Dyschoriste vagans    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Calophanes vagans, Dipteracanthus vagans

Wandering Snakeherb is a perennial herb with branches usually prostrate, hairless or hairy, sometimes rough, rooting at nodes. Leaves are small, opposite, stalked, broadly elliptic or obovate, spoon-shaped, hairless. Flowers arise in leaf-axils, solitary or in clusters; bracts small, spoon-shaped or elliptic; bracteoles small, linear. Calyx is 6-8 mm long, divided almost up to base; sepals linear-lanceshaped, hairless or finely velvet-hairy. Flower are pale pink, petals 5, oblong; stamens 4, perfect, didynamous, filaments fused near the base, anther cells very shortly with a short sharp point; ovary shortly stalked, hairless, 2-locular, 2-ovules in each locule; style linear, hairy; stigma simple, linear. Capsules are 4-seeded, oblong, hairless, seeds round, compressed, densely hairy, retinacula strong, curved. Wandering Snakeherb is endemic to Peninsular India.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Chikmagalur region, Karnataka.

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