Wishbone Flower
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Wishbone Flower
ative Photo: Ankita Sarkar
Common name: Wishbone Flower, Bluewigns • Nepali: पिडामारी Pidaamaari
Botanical name: Torenia fournieri    Family: Linderniaceae (Lindernia family)

Wishbone Flower is an erect, bushy annual with toothed ovate leaves and trumpet shaped flowers. The stems and 5 cm long opposite leaves are hairless. Plants make a compact, upright bush of 20-30 cm in height. The showy flowers are velvety, about 3.5 cm long and 2.5 cm across. They are pale violet and have deep purple blotches on the lower petals with yellow inside. The common name “Wishbone Flower” comes from the two stamens united at the anthers, forming a structure that resembles a chicken wishbone. Flowers bloom throughout the summer and autumn. Wishbone Flower is found in India to S. China and Indo-China, Taiwan, at altitudes up to 1200 m.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in West Bengal & Andaman & Nicobar.

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