Tiny Dewflower
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Tiny Dewflower
P Native Photo: Tabish
Common name: Tiny Dewflower
Botanical name: Murdannia triquetra    Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)
Synonyms: Commelina triquetra, Phaeneilema triquetrum, Aneilema nutans

Tiny Dewflower is a perennial herb with rhizomes horizontal, elongate. Flowers are borne singly at branch-ends and in leaf-axils, on flower-cluster-stalk 1-4 cm (branch-end ones longer), with linear bract at middle, sometimes with a flower in axil of bract. Flower-stalks are 1-2 cm. Sepals are narrowly oblong, 4-6 mm. Petals are pink, purple-red, or blue-purple, obovate. Fertile stamens are 3; filaments densely bearded; staminodes 3; antherodes arrow shaped. Stems are creeping proximally, rising up distally, branched, up to 40 cm; internodes about 8 cm, with a line of dense, white hairs. Leaves are stalkless; leaf blade spreading or slightly folded, linear-lanceshaped or linear-elliptic, 2-6 cm x 5-8 mm, fringed with hairs only in proximal part, tip blunt, abruptly narrowed into tapering tip. Capsule is ovoid-spherical, trigonous, 5-7 x 3-4 mm, blunt or pointed at both ends. Tiny Dewflower in found near rice fields, in NE India, Bangladesh, China, and SE Asia, at altitudes up to 1600 m. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Phayeng, Imphal, Manipur.

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