Foto info
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Kilwar • Marathi: किलवर Kilwar • Hindi: Bhuin neem
Botanical name: Canscora diffusa    Family: Gentianaceae (gentian family)

Kilwar is a diffuse annual herb, growing up to 15-50 cm high. It has many slender branches. Stalkless leaves are oppositely arranged on the branches. The leaves are ovate, rounded at the base, 1-2 cm long. Flowers occur in lax cymes at the end of branches. Rosy pink flowers are 1-1.5 cm across with three visible petals. Actually there are 4 petals. Two of them merge to form a single notched petal. Four stamens emerge out of the flower. Flowering: October-November.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,