Devendra's Canscora
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Devendra's Canscora
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Devendra's Canscora
Botanical name: Canscora devendrae    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Devendra's Canscora is a new species of Canscora discovered in the Western Ghats, as recently as 2011. It is an annual herb with stem Profusely branched, quadrangular, not winged, 8-25 cm high. Both lower and upper stem leaves are distinct, leathery, rough. Lower stem leaves are stalkless, ovate, 15-21 x 4-6 mm, base obtuse, tip pointed. Upper stem leaves are stalkless, lanceshaped, 5-14 x 2-3 mm, base narrowed, tip pointed. Only terminal flowers are stalked, stalks 5-10 mm long. Bracts are linear, 4-6 x 2-3 mm. Sepal tube is 3-6 mm long, sepals linear, pointed 2-3 mm long. Flower-tube is 4-5 mm long, inner portion bright yellow. Petals are ovate-elliptic, pink to light pink or white, 5-7 x 3-5 mm. Stamens are isomorphic, inserted at the upper part of the flower-tube, filaments 1.4-1.8 mm long. Capsule is oblong, 4-6 x 2-3 mm, seeds irregular, spherical, about 0.4 x 0.3 mm across, black.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed near Kumta, Karnataka.

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