Broad-Leaf Gymnostachyum
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Broad-Leaf Gymnostachyum
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Broad-Leaf Gymnostachyum • Tamil: பெரிய இலை முயல் பல் பூ periya ilai muyal pal poo Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Gymnostachyum latifolium    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Cryptophragmium latifolium

Broad-Leaf Gymnostachyum is a subshrub, with small warts on the stem. Leaves are 9-12 x 5-6 cm, broadly elliptic, long-pointed, hairless. Nerves are 10-13 pairs, nervules parallel. Leaf-stalks are 5-6 cm long. Flowers are borne in panicles in leaf axils and at branch ends, minutely bristly. Bracts and bracteoles are similar, linear. Flowers are densely packed, stalked. Sepals are 5.5 mm long, lanceshaped, basally united. Flower tube is 1.5 cm long, greenish-yellow, petals oblong, blunt. Stamen filaments are thinly hairy at base. Capsule is 2 x 0.2 cm, linear-oblong, pointed. Seeds are ovoid, golden brown, densely hairy. Broad-Leaf Gymnostachyum is found in the evergreen forests of the Western Ghats. Flowering: February-November.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed near Jog Falls, Karnataka.

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