Mecardonia sp.? ID from Hooghly 19/7/12 SK1

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surajit koley

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Jul 19, 2012, 2:05:56 PM7/19/12
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Sir / Madam,

The book, "Plant Groups" mentions a plant, "...... Mecardonia diathera L., common on pathways", under the family Scrophulariaceae. But net search gives no Mecardonia diathera L.
Instead i found -
  1. Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small, under Plantaginaceae family = http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2507178
  2. Mecardonia dianthera (Sw.) Pennell = synonym of the above = http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/tro-29201054
The pictures i post here bear similarities with the previous posts in the group -

Species : Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small ?
Habit & Habitat : small prostrate herb, beside pond
Date : 29/6/12, 9.20 A.M. & 6/7/12, 12.30 P.M.
Place : Hooghly

Thank you & Regards,

Surajit Koley
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Muthu Karthick

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Jul 20, 2012, 12:58:56 AM7/20/12
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Dear Surajitji,
M.dianthera is a synonym  for M.procumbens; and according to MOBOT (http://tropicos.org/Name/29201054?tab=acceptednames) Mecardonia procumbens is the accepted name. This plant is a native of Tropical America and naturalised in India.
 
I have also seen this herb along roadsides and pathways near moist and evergreen forests. So your posted plant is Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) small

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surajit koley

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Jul 20, 2012, 12:05:41 PM7/20/12
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Thank you Muthu Ji for elaborating on the names and habitat of Mecardonia procumbens.

Regards,

surajit

Satish Phadke

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Jul 21, 2012, 4:08:40 AM7/21/12
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I appreciate your detailed search of the plant.
The Plant List does mentionn this:
Mecardonia dianthera (Sw.) Pennell is a synonym of
Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small

This name is a synonym of Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small.


On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM, surajit koley <surajitno...@gmail.com> wrote:
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surajit koley

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Jul 21, 2012, 12:32:51 PM7/21/12
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Thank you Satish Sir, i understand that this is   Mecardonia procumbens (Mill.) Small.

Regards,

surajit
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