Scaped Sonerila
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Scaped Sonerila
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Scaped Sonerila • Marathi: सोनेरिला Sonerila
Botanical name: Sonerila scapigera    Family: Melastomataceae (Melastome family)

Scaped Sonerila is a small annual herb growing up to 10-15 cm tall. The plant has no stem. Oppositely arranged leaves arise directly from the root. The purple tinged leaves are ovate, minutely serrated, with a heart-shaped base. Many rosy purple flowers appear on an erect leafless scape, 3-7 cm high. The flowers have three inverted-egg-shaped petals with pointed tips. Flowers have 3 stamens with bright yellow anthers. This herb is occasionally found on wet rocks in the Western Ghats. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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