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Elatine ambigua Wight in Hook., J. Bot. 2: 103, t. 5.1831; Dyer in Fl. Brit. India 1.250.1874.


Herbs, prostrate, radially branched, soft, glabrous, 1 - 4 cm high; stems terete, rooting at nodes. Leaves 2 - 5 x 0.5 - 2 mm, elliptic to oblong-lanceolate, narrowed into a flattened short petiole at base, obtuse at apex, entire, bright green, penninerved with nerves ending in hyathodes at margin; stipules ca 1 mm long, ovate-triangular, acute, entire. Flowers axillary, solitary at alternating nodes; peduncles 1 - 2 mm long, glabrous, unilateral in fruit. Sepals 3, 0.5 - 1 mm long, oblong, slightly cuneate at base. Petals 3, Pinkish-white or white, 1.5 x 1 mm, ovate-oblong. Stamens 3, alternipetalous. Ovary globose, 3-loculed, glabrous; stigmas 3, sessile. Capsules ca 1 mm across, globose, thin, faintly 3-loculed, stalk pendulous or curved. Seeds oblong, light brown with hexagonal raised reticulations; embryo straight.

Fl. Feb.

Distrib. India: In patches in moist areas along the river banks and margins of the tanks; sometimes also in inundated rice fields. Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

E. Europe, N. America, Indonesia(Java), Fiji Island and Polynesia.





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