Bent Himalayan Coneflower
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Bent Himalayan Coneflower
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Bent Himalayan Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes sabineana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia sabiniana, Strobilanthes sabiniana

Bent Himalayan Coneflower is a very beautiful plant, It was named in the honour of horticulturist Joseph Sabine. Flowers are pale blue, 2.5-3 cm, velvet-hairy on petals, tube cylinderical for about 5 mm, then bent 90 degrees and abruptly widened to 1 cm at mouth. The flowers open two on each spike at a time, never more. Oppositely arranged elliptic leaves are highly unequal in each pair. Leaves are purplish or almost white on the underside. Bent Himalayan Coneflower is found in the eastern Himalaya, from Nepal to NE India, up to altitudes of 1900 m. Flowering: November.

Identification credit: John Wood Photographed in Cherapunjee, Meghalaya.

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