Whorled Argostemma
Share Foto info
Whorled Argostemma
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Whorled Argostemma
Botanical name: Argostemma verticillatum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Argostemma acutum, Argostemma glaberrimum

Whorled Argostemma is a small herb with leaves in whorls of 3 or 4, mostly confined to the top of the stem. Leaves are up to 5 x 1 cm, linear-lanceshaped, almost stalkless, membranous, hairless. Lateral nerves are indistinct, stipules interpetiolar, entire or absent. Flowers are 5-merous, 1.2 cm across, in terminal few flowered umbels, peduncles slender, shorter than the leaves. Calyx is hairless, sepals ovate-pointed. Flowers are white, petals ovate-long-pointed. Staminal filaments are short, anthers fused, splitting by apical pores. Ovules are many on projected placenta, style threadlike, stigma headlike. Whorled Argostemma is found in South India, Himalayas at altitudes of 1600-2100 m, NE India and Myanmar. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāge Photographed in Sakleshpur, Karnataka & Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,