Wight's Micrargeria
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Wight's Micrargeria
A Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Wight's Micrargeria
Botanical name: Micrargeria wightii    Family: Orobanchaceae (Broomrape family)

Wight's Micrargeria is a rough, erect branched herb, black when dry. Leaves are oppositely arranged, upper sometimes alternate, pinnately cut, 3.5 cm long, velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in spikes or racemes, at branch-ends or in the upper axils. Flowers are pink-purple, tube bell-shaped, dialated above; lobes 2+3, obscurely 2-lipped, nearly equal; upper lip inner in bud. Sepals are spreading above, 5 mm; stamens didynamous; filaments 1-2 mm; anthers attached by their tips, 1.5 mm, blunt; ovary 1 mm, spherical, style 3 mm, stigma club-shaped. Capsules are 3 mm across. Wight's Micrargeria is found in Peninsular India and Myanmar. Flowering: December-February.

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

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