Khandala Canscora
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Khandala Canscora
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Khandala Canscora • Marathi: खंडाला किलवर Khandala kilwar
Botanical name: Canscora khandalensis    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)

Khandala Canscora is a small annual herb, 10-20 cm tall, with slender erect, angled stem. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves, 1 cm long, are ovate-lanceshaped. Pink flowers are borne on short stalks, in cymes at the end of branches. Flowers are have 4 petals, apparently only 3, as two are fused together. Stamens are 4 with thread-like filament. Stigma is 2-lobed. Capsules are oblong, 6-8 mm long. Khandala Canscora is occasionally found in the evergreen forests of Sahyadri Hills. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed on the Kas-Mahabaleshwar route, Maharashtra.

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