Erect Dentella
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Erect Dentella
A Native Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Erect Dentella
Botanical name: Wahlenbergia erecta    Family: Campanulaceae (Bell flower family)
Synonyms: Dentella erecta, Cephalostigma erectum, Lightfootia arenaria

Erect Dentella is a small hairy herb, up to 35 cm. Flowers are borne singly in leaf-axils and at branch-ends, on thread-like flower-stalks. Flower are deeply 5-lobed, with petals 3 mm long, narrow oblong, blue; ovary 2-3-celled, style dilated, 2 mm. Sepals are 3 mm long, lanceshaped, hairy, persistent, emerging from a hemispherical sepal-cup. Leaves are up to 3 x 0.8 cm, oblong-lanceshaped, tip pointed, puberulus, stalkless. Capsule is 4 x 3 mm, hairy, tip pointed; seeds many, oblong. Erect Dentella is found in Africa, South India and Malaya region.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in Valley School, Bangalore.

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