Asian Scalystem
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Asian Scalystem
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Asian Scalystem • Hindi: पत्थरचट्टा Patharchatta • Tamil: Pumikatampam • Telugu: Yeddadugu
Botanical name: Elytraria acaulis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Asian Scalystem is a stemless perennial herb with one to several unbranched flowering stems, up to 30 cm. Stems are covered with overlapping bracts, hence the common name. Leaves occur in a rosette at the base. They are obovate, 4-10 cm long. Flowers are obrne in spikes held in tight, overlapping bracts. Bracts and flowering stem bluish green. Flowers are white, lower lip and lateral lobes spreading, 2-lobed. This plant is often found on often on rocky or sandy soils.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed at Ridge, Delhi.
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