Whorled Hedyotis
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Whorled Hedyotis
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Whorled Hedyotis
Botanical name: Pleiocraterium verticillare    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis verticillaris, Oldenlandia verticillaris

Whorled Hedyotis is an acaulescent herb, with thick root-stock, which is generally covered with dried leaf-bases. Leaves are arranged in dense, basal rosettes, stalkless, up to 24 x 4 cm, lanceshaped, many nerved from base. Flowers are borne on leafless stems arising from leaf axils. Flowering stems are shorter than leaves. Sepals are 5, linear, 3 mm long, glabrous. Flowers are white, tube about 3 mm, petals 4, elliptic-pointed, up to 3.5 mm long, throat woolly. Stamens are 4, protruding, style not protruding, bilobed; stigma dilated. Whorled Hedyotis is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: June-March.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed at Avalanche Range, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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