White Indianthus
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White Indianthus
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: White Indianthus
Botanical name: Indianthus virgatus    Family: Marantaceae (Arrowroot family)
Synonyms: Maranta virgata

White Indianthus is an erect shrub, up to 4 m tall, stem thickened at nodes. Leaves are bifarious, up to 40 x 18 cm, ovate-oblong, cuspidate at apex, rounded at base, stalk up to 1 cm long, sheath up to 20 cm long, open. Flowers are borne in panicles up to 50 cm long, branches slender, dichotomous. Bracts are 3-5 x 0.6 cm, lanceshaped. Flowers are paired in each bract, sepals small, flowers white, tube short, petals oblong, stamens 1, outer staminodes petalloid, white, to 1.5 cm long; inner staminodes smaller; ovary densely hairy, 3-celled, solitary in each cell, basal. Berry is obovoid, rugose. South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: June-March.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka.

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