Calyptocarpus vialis

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Calyptocarpus vialis Less.
  • The name is derived from a Greek wordkalypto which means covered or hidden and karpos meaning fruit.

  • Synonyms : Blainvillea tampicana (DC.) Benth & Hook.f.
  • Common Name : Straggler Daisy, Prostrate Lawnflower, Sprawling Horseweed
  • Plant Family : Asteraceae (Compositae)
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 17, 19
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Calyptocarpus vialis Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial herb rooting at the nodes.
  • Stem : Cylindrical, prostrate, densely covered with hairs.
  • Leaves : Opposite, ovate-obovate, serrated, covered with hairs on both the surfaces.
  • Inflorescence : Capitulum (Head)
  • Flowers : Flower heads solitary in the leaf axils, each having 3 to 8 light yellow ray florets and several yellow disc florets.
  • Fruits : Flat cypsela with a pappus of 2 or more awns.
  • Significance : Generally grows as a wild plant.