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Mollugo pentaphylla Linn., Sp. Pl. 89. 1753. Duthie, Fl. Upp. Gang. P1. 1:387.1903.

Mollugo pentaphylla

Credit: M.Y. Saleem

  • Mollugo stricta Linn.
  • Mollugo trifolia Schult.

    Annual up to 24 cm tall. Stem and branches slender, glabrous. Leaves cauline and ramal, pseudo-verticillate, 1.2-4.0 cm long, 1.5 mm broad, elliptic lanceolate. Sepals 1.5-2 mm long, elliptic ovate. Stamens 5, antisepalous, c. 1.2 mm long; filaments dilated at the base, anthers less than 1 mm long, basifixed, dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary sub-globose, c. 1.5 mm broad, Fruit c. 9 mm broad, membranous. Seed less than 1 mm long, granulate, dark brown.

    Fl Per.: September-October.

    Type: Described from Ceylon.

    Distribution: Malayan Peninsula, Fiji, Ceylon, China, Japan, India and W. Pakistan.

    Fairly common; ascends to c. 2300 m. alt.s.m. in the Himalayas. Medicinal and the leaves are used as a pot herb.


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