South Indian Symphorema
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South Indian Symphorema
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: South Indian Symphorema, south Indian star-vervain climber • Gujarati: મહાસિંધુ mahasindhu • Marathi: दुर्मिळ भिंगरी durmil bhingari • Odia: ମହାସିନ୍ଧୁ mahasindhu • Sanskrit: सिन्धुवार sindhuvara Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Symphorema polyandrum    Family: Verbenaceae (Verbena family)

South Indian Symphorema is a very rare climbing shrub, 7-8 m tall. Leaves are simple, oppositely arranged. Flowers borne in stalked head-like cymes, subtended by a whorl of 6 prominent involucral bracts. Sepal cup is 5- or 6-toothed. Flowers are white with prominently protruding stamens. It is found in Karnataka. Flowering: February-April.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed near Sutagatti, Karnataka.

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