Whorled-Leaf Corn-Cockle
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Whorled-Leaf Corn-Cockle
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Whorled-Leaf Corn-Cockle
Botanical name: Argostemma verticillatum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Argostemma acutum, Argostemma glaberrimum

Whorled-Leaf Corn-Cockle 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-Leaf Corn-Cockle 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 Pelling, Sikkim, Sakleshpur, Karnataka & Mussoorie, Uttarakhand.

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