Western Ghats Riverweed
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Western Ghats Riverweed
P Native Unknown Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Western Ghats Riverweed
Botanical name: Cladopus hookeriana    Family: Podostemaceae (Riverweed family)
Synonyms: Podostemum hookerianum, Griffithella hookeriana

Western Ghats Riverweed is is a small herbs growing on rocks. It is usually found on submerged rocks in streams. The stem-like body is variable, thread-like or disc-like, attached firmly throughout the length, bearing leafy secondary shoots. Leaves are sheathing, arranged alternately in two opposite vertical rows. Flowers are minute, zygomorphic, bisexual, naked, emerging from a spathe; stamens 20, monadelphous; staminodes 2, linear. Ovary is superior, oblique, 2-locular; ovules many, on a massive placentae. Capsules are nearly spherical, splitting into 2 unequal lobes. Western Ghats Riverweed is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: November-February.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Murbad, Thane district, Maharashtra.

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