Graceful Forrestia
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Graceful Forrestia
ative Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Graceful Forrestia
Botanical name: Amischotolype mollissima    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Campelia mollissima, Forrestia mollissima, Forrestia marginata

Graceful Forrestia is a perennial herb with erect stems, growing to about 2 ft in height. Rhizomes are long. Leaves are alternately arranged, elliptic. Dense heads of small violet or purple flowers are borne at each node of middle part of stem, on short stalks, penetrating leaf sheaths. Flowers have free sepals. Petals are free, purplish and white, oblong. Stamens 6, all fertile. The tender shoots may be cooked and eaten in Malaya region. Graceful Forrestia is restricted to Eastern Himalayas, and is found in NE India. Found Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Mayur Nandikar Photographed at Leimaraam, Manipur.

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