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  Lindernia rotundifolia (L.) Alston
  Family Name : Linderniaceae

  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Aquatic & Hydrophyte (Emergent; Submerged)
      Maximum Height :
      15 cm to 20 cm
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Emergent or submerged aquatic plant up to 0.2 m tall. Plants may be annual or perennial.
      Foliage: Small, round to egg-shaped leaves (5-13 mm long, 4-12 mm wide) occur in decussate leaf arrangement (adjacent leaf pairs are oriented perpendicular to one another). They are hairless or slightly pubescent.
      Flowers: Small, white flowers are spotted with bright blue to purplish spots. Solitary flowers occur in the leaf axils (the area between the stem and upper leaf surface).
      Fruits: The dry, dehiscent fruit is an ellipsoid capsule (2.5-3 mm long).
      Cultivation :
      It can be planted either partially or totally submerged under water or it can be grown in moist soil. It is often planted submerged in aquarium tanks where it tolerates low light and needs 6-14 mg/L carbon dioxide.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
  • Landscaping Features
    • Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Moist Soils, Waterlogged Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Pond / Lake / River, Marsh / Bog, Aquarium / Aquascape
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Water Garden, Marsh Garden
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, Semi-Shade
      Water Preference :
      Lots of Water
      Plant Growth Rate :
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green - Light Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Ovate; Orbicular / Round)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Entire, Serrulate
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Foliar Base :
      Truncate / Square
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Blue, Purple, White
      Flower Grouping :
      Flower Symmetry :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Labiate / Lipped
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Fruit Classification :
      Simple Fruit
      Fruit Type :
      Dehiscent Dry Fruit (Capsule)

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