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Shankhapushpi (Sanskrit: शंखपुष्पी)

Gentianaceae (gentian family) » Canscora diffusa


kan-SKO-ruh -- derivation ?

dy-FEW-sa -- meaning, loosely spreading


commonly known as: canscora • Chinese: 铺地穿心草 pu di chuan xin cao • Hindi: भुई नीम bhui neem • Marathi: किलवर kilwar • Sanskrit: शंखपुष्पी sankhapushpi


Native to: tropical Africa, China, Indian sub-continent, Indo-China, tropical Australia


... erect, annual herb, 35 (upto 70) cm tall, much branched ... slender and glabrous stem, 4-angled.


... upper leaves sessile, the lower shortly petiolate, ovate-elliptic to elliptic, acute at the apex, largely cuneate at the base, 3-5 nerved from the base, glabrous.


... numerous flowers, pink, mauve or white, in lax somewhat diffuse, leafy cymes.


References: Flowers of IndiaeFloraAluka

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Taken on November 17, 2007