Foetid Starviolet
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Foetid Starviolet
A Native Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Foetid Starviolet
Botanical name: Neanotis subtilis    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Neanotis foetida, Hedyotis foetida, Hedyotis subtilis

Foetid Starviolet is a spreading annual herb, up to 15 cm tall, with branches slender, more or less 4-angled. Leaves are opposite, to 3 x 0.5 cm, linear-lanceshaped, pointed, margins cured, rough; stalkless. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, in stalked, umbel-like, 3-8 flowered cymes. Bracts and bracteoles are small. Sepals are 4, persistent, teeth narrowly triangular, pointed, 1 mmm long. Flowers are white or blue, funnel-shaped, 5 mm long; petals 4, papillose out side. Stamens are up till the mouth of flower. Ovary is 2-celled, style 2-fid. Capsule is didymous, crown prominent. Foetid Starviolet is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Maniruddin Dhabak Photographed in Maharashtra.

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