Nama zeylanica Linn.
Erect or decumbent annual herb. Stem up to 50 cm long, sometimes rooting at the lower nodes, upper part of the stem glandular-pubescent, lower glabrous. Leaves alternate, lanceolate, 2-8 x 0.5-1 cm; petiole short. Inflorescence densely glandular-pubescent; flowers on short lateral racemes. Bracts leafy. Pedicel 2-8 mm long. Sepals 5, united at the base, segments imbricate; lanceolate, 5-7 mm long, glandular-pubescent, 3-nerved. Corolla blue, campanulate; petals 5, united, lobes imbricate, ovate, obtuse. Stamens 5, epipetalous, c. 3 mm long; filaments dilated at the base, 2 mm long; anthers sagittate, 1.5mm long. Carpels 2; ovary 2-celled; ovules many, placentation axile; styles 2, distinct; stigmas capitate. Fruit capsular, ovoid, 4-5 mm long, dehiscence irregular; seeds many, minute, oblong.
Type: Described from India.
Distribution: Tropical America, Africa and S.E. Asia.
This species grows in wet ground and rice fields. It is a new record for Pakistan.