Hedyotis articularis R.Br. ex G.Don, Gen. Hist. 3: 527 1834. (syn: Oldenlandia articularis (R.Br. ex Wight & Arn.) Gamble);
S. India as per WCSP;
Common name: Jointed Hedyotis • Tamil: Kudal-churiki
Habit – Large shrubs to small trees
Trunk\bark- Bark brownish, smooth; blaze cream.
Branchlets- Young branchlets angular, glabrous.
Leaves- Leaves simple, opposite, decussate, clustered at twig ends; stipule laciniate, interpetiolar, basally connate, caducous and leaving scar, glabrous; petiole ca. 0.2 cm long, planoconvex in cross section, glabrous; lamina 1.2-3 x 0.2-0.7 cm, ovate-lanceolate, apex acute with blunt tip, base acute to truncate, margin entire and revolute, coriaceous, glabrous beneath; midrib slightly canaliculate above; secondary nerves 4 pairs, not prominent; tertiary nerves obscure.
Flowers- Inflorescence compact cymes, terminal; flowers subsessile, lilac outside and white within.
Fruit& seed- Capsule, obovate, glabrous with crown of persistent calyx lobes; seeds 2.
Trees along the margin of high elevation evergreen forests between 1800 and 2400 m.
Endemic to the southern Western Ghats- Nilgiri, Anamalai, Palani and Palakkad hills.
(Attributions- B. R. Ramesh, N. Ayyappan, Pierre Grard, Juliana Prosperi, S. Aravajy, Jean Pierre Pascal, The Biotik Team, French Institute of Pondicherry from India Biodiversity Portal)
Hedyotis articularis images : 3 posts by 1 author. 3 images.
Rubiaceae week:: Hedyotis sp. at Munnar: Came across this wild flower at Munnar.
Appears close to Hedyotis articularis as in Flowers of India
Leaves look matching but flowers are light pinkish !
This is not related to H.auricularia, quite distinct from it.