Baby Jump Up
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Baby Jump Up
aturalized Photo: Tabish
Common name: Baby Jump Up • Marathi: मकरदाना makardana
Botanical name: Mecardonia procumbens    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)
Synonyms: Bacopa procumbens, Erinus procumbens

Baby Jump Up is a creeping perennial herb, with small yellow flowers. Flower-stalks are slender, mostly longer than the leaves; sepals green, the outer ones 8-10 mm long, ovate, omewhat ointed, blunt at the base, hairless. Flowers are bright yellow, about 1 cm long. Oppositely arranged leaves are ovate to elliptic, with a wedge-shaped base, and margin coarsely toothed, 1-1.5 x 0.4-0.9 cm. The tip is blunt. The flowers look like miniature version of certain Viola cultivars called Jump-Up, which probably is the source of the name Baby Jump Up. Baby Jump Up is native to subtropical Americas, occasionally naturalised in India. It is found in the Himalayas upto altitudes of 1300 m.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, Rohan Maity Photographed Churachandpur, Manipur & Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Maharashtra.

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