Blue Diamond Flower
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Blue Diamond Flower
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Blue Diamond Flower
Botanical name: Oldenlandia affinis    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)
Synonyms: Hedyotis affinis, Oldenlandia linearifolia

Blue Diamond Flower is an erect perennial herb, with branches thread-like, hairless. Leaves are up to 25 x 1 mm, linear, entire, stalkless; stipule ovate, entire or 2-3 toothed. Flowers are tiny, 2 mm long, borne in cymes at branch-ends. Flower-stalks and flower-cluster-stalks are thread-like, 1.5-2 cm long; calyx 1 mm long, sepals pointed, rough. Flowers are deep blue to violet, tube hairy inside. Capsule is 2 x 1.5 mm, obovoid, flat at tip. Blue Diamond Flower is distributed in Tropical Asia. In India it is primarily seen in South India. Flowering: July-March.
Medicinal uses: Blue Diamond Flower is traditionally used as an oxitocic agent during labour.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh.

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