Yellow Floppy Bellflower
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Yellow Floppy Bellflower
A Native Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Yellow Floppy Bellflower
Botanical name: Wahlenbergia flexuosa    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Cephalostigma flexuosum

Yellow Floppy Bellflower is an annual erect herb 7-35 cm tall, diffusely branched with the main stem not particularly distinct, with long hairs. Flowers are 1.5-3.5 mm long, yellow, split almost to the base into linear-lanceshaped petals, hairy outside. Stamens have filament-bases distinctly broadened, fringed with hairs; anthers 0.6-1.6 mm long. Style is about as long as the flower, eglandular, slightly thickened below the 3 short lobes, hairless below. Sepal cup is hemispherical, 10-nerved, hairy. Sepals are 1.2-3.2 mm long, often broadened at the base, hairy. Inflorescence is lax, flower-stalks 5-20 mm long, with long hairs or hairless. Leaves are 8-30 x 5-16 mm, alternate, stalkless, narrowly ovate to ovate or elliptic, pointed with rounded to wedge-shaped base, hairy; margin incrassate, wavy-toothed; midvein prominent beneath as are the lateral veins at least on larger leaves. Capsule is 3-locular, 10-nerved. Yellow Floppy Bellflower is found in Tropical Africa to Arabian Peninsula and W India. Flowering: October-March.

Identification credit: Arun Kumar N Photographed near Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

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