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Murdannia nudiflora (Linn.) Brenan in Kew Bull. 7:189. 1952. in Hutch. & Dalz., Fl. W. Trop. Afr. ed.2. 3(1):24.1968; R.R. Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vas. Pl. W. Pak. & Kash. 37.1972.

Vern.: Kanshura.

Murdannia nudiflora

Credit: Azmat

  • Aneilema malabarica (Linn.) Merrill
  • Aneilema nudiflorum (Linn). Wall. ex. C.B. Clarke
  • Commelina nudiflora
  • Murdannia malabarica (Linn.) Bruck.
  • Phaeneilema malabarica (Linn.) Narayan Swami ex Biswas
  • Tradescantia malabarica Linn.

    Procumbent herb, subsimple to branched, 15-30(-45) cm long. Sometimes rooting at nodes; roots fibrous. Leaves linear to linear-oblong, alternate, narrowed into a basal sheath, glabrous or subglabrous, entire, acute or acuminate, 5-15 cm long, 7-10(-13) mm broad; basal sheath 6-10 mm long, slightly pubsescent with ciliate margins. Inflorescence panicled, terminal and axillary, subcorymbose or subglobose at the apex. Flowers c. 5 mm across, blue or purple; pedicels 3-4 mm long; bracts c. 3 mm long, boat-shaped, caducous. Sepals 1.5-2.5 mm long, oblong, pubescent, obtuse. Petals suborbicular, 2-3 mm long, 1.5-2 mm broad. Perfect stamens 2-3; staminodes 3-4; filaments bearded; anthers c. 0.5 mm long. Capsules subglobose-trigonous, 4 mm long, c. 2 mm broad, membranous, mucronate, 3-loculed with 2 seeds in each locule; seeds c. 1 mm long, subtriangular, tubercled, dark-brown.

    Type Described from India.

    Distribution: Pakistan, Bharat, Bangla Desh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

    Bruised plant relieves burns, itches, sores etc.


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