|Scientific Name||Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana|
Flowering class: Dicot
An erect slender annual herb upto 20 cm tall, with slender, cylindrical stems, branches unbellate, the nodes thickened; roots aromatic. Leaves in dense whorls of 4-8 at each node, sessile or subsessile, often glaucous; radical leaves 6-13 mm long, spathulate or linear-spathulate; cauline leaves 0.6-2 cm long and c.1 mm wide, narrow-linear, apiculate, 2-8 in a whorl. Flowers numerous, on stiff filiform pedicels to 1.2 cm long, usually in groups of 3 on long filiform axillary and terminal peduncles; sepals 2.5 mm long, elliptic-oblong, obtuse with white membranous margins. Fruit (capsule) rounded, equalling the sepals, dehiscing into 3 broadly ovate emarginate valves; seeds numerous smooth, yellowish-brown, without tubercular points.
Flowering and fruiting: May-October
Sandy sea coasts and river banks
State - Kerala, District/s: Alappuzha, Kollam, Palakkad, Kozhikkode