Wight's Starviolet   
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Wight's Starviolet
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Wight's Starviolet
Botanical name: Neanotis wightiana    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis wightiana, Anotis wightiana, Spermacoce compressa

Wight's Starviolet is a diffuse, perennial herb with leaves simple, arranged in opposite mutually perpendicular pairs. Leaf blade is about 0.8-3 x 0.5-2 cm, ovate, rounded or pointed at base, pointed at tip, entire, leathery; secondary nerves obscure. Flowers are white, or purplish in branch-end head-like cymes. Flowers are stalkless or nearly stalkless. Calyx is hairless to finely velvet-hairy; hypanthium portion obconic to top-shaped, about 1 mm; limb divided to base; sepals triangular, 1-1.5 mm, entire to frilly. Flowers are white or purplish, tubular to tubular-funnel-shaped, outside hairless; tube 1.3-2.5 mm, inside hairless; petals 0.2-1.5 mm, blunt to pointed. Capsules are 2-4-celled, spherical. Seeds are 1-2, rugose. Wight's Starviolet is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to NE India, Sikkim, Burma, and Western Ghats, at altitudes of 1000-2500 m.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu.

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