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Blue Barleria   
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Blue Barleria
N Native Shrub
Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Blue barleria, Nilikantashelio (Gujarati), नीली कोरांटी Nili koranti (Marathi)
Botanical name: Barleria terminalis    Family: Acanthaceae (ruellia family)

Blue barleria is a shrub with many hairy branches, growing 1-1.5 m high. Oppositely arrange elliptic lancelike leaves are 10-15 cm long. The leaves are hairy, with a talk 1-2 cm long. Flowers occur in hairy spikes at the end of branches. The 6-7 cm long flowers are blue in color, and shaped like other Barlerias. Two stamens prominently protrude out of the flowers.
Photographed in Alibag, Maharashtra.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
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