Creeping Marshweed
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Creeping Marshweed
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Creeping Marshweed • Kannada: ಆಮರಗಂಧಿ amaragandhi, ಮಾಂಗನ್ನಾರಿ mangannari • Malayalam: മാങ്ങനാറി manganari • Sanskrit: आम्रगन्धः amragandhah • Tulu: ಮಾಂಗನ್ನಾರಿ mangannari Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Limnophila repens    Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain family)
Synonyms: Stemodia repens

Creeping Marshweed is a herb, up to 45 cm tall. Stems, flower-stalks, bracts, and bracteoles are hairy or rarely hairless. Stems are erect, basally creeping, simple or branched. Leaves are opposite, stalkless, narrowly elliptic, linear-lanceolate, or lanceolate-elliptic, 0.5-3 cm x 3-10 mm, base somewhat stem-clasping, margin toothed, veins pinnate. Flowers arise solitary and axillary, or in axillary racemes. Flower-stalks are 0.5-3 mm, hairy. Bracteoles are 2-3 mm. Calyx 4-6 mm, hispidulous to subglabrous, with raised veins in fruit, sepals 1.5-3 mm, narrowly lanceshaped, margin ciliate, tip long-pointed. Flowerrs are white, purple-red, or blue, 5-10 mm, outside hairless, inside white hairy. Capsules are ovoid, 3-4 mm. Flowering: November-May.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Bada Beach, Kumta, Karnataka.

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