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.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Alibag,