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Bhide's Kalanchoe
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Bhide's Kalanchoe
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Bhide's Kalanchoe
Botanical name: Kalanchoe bhidei    Family: Crassulaceae (Sedum family)

Bhide's Kalanchoe is a perennial, erect, fleshy herb, 70-100 cm tall, stem round, yellow-reddish in color, hairless. Leaves are simple, opposite, ovate-oblong, 9-11 x 4-5 cm, blunt at tip, narrowed at base, sawtoothed along margins; leaf-stalk 1-2 cm long. Flowers are borne at branch-ends, in panicle-like spreading cymes, 18-22 x 13-17 cm. Flowers are bisexual, 4-merous, 12-14 x 3-4 mm, whitish-pink in colour, stalked, flower-stalks 8-10 mm long. Sepals are free, 3-4 x 1-2 mm, linear-lanceshaped, tapering at tip, broader at base, greenish-pink. Flower are whitish-pink, 1.3-1.4 x 0.6-0.7 cm, tubular, 4-lobed at tip; petals are 4-4.5 x 1.8-2 mm, oblong, with a short sharp point at tip. Stamens are 8, arranged in two rows, filaments 2-3 mm long. Bhide's Kalanchoe is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: January-March.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Maharashtra.

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