Burma Coneflower
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Burma Coneflower
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Burma Coneflower, Scalloped Hemigraphis
Botanical name: Strobilanthes crossandra    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Strobilanthes burmanica, Ruellia crenata, Hemigraphis crenata

Burma Coneflower is a spreading, softly white-hairy herb endemic to peninsular India. Stems are somewhat four-edged, sticky velvet-hairy. Leaves are 2.5-4.5 x 1.8-2.0 cm, ovate or elliptic, nearly blunt, rounded toothed, hairy, base shortly cnneate ; leaf-stalks 0.6-1.2 cm long. Flowers are borne in glandular-hairy heads ; bracts elliptic-oblong, blunt, those of the inner flowers longer than the sepal-cup, glandular-hairy and strongly fringed with hairs. Sepal-cup to top of longest sepal reaching 1 cm long, divided nearly to the base, one of the sepals longer than the other 4; sepals linear, nearly blunt, glandular-hairy and fringed with hairs. Flower about 1.8 cm long; tube whitish ; limb blue, with obovate rounded petals 4 mm long. Capsules are 8 mm long, velvet-hairy, 8-10-seeded. or elliptic, with round teeth at the margins.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar, Prashant Awale Photographed at Mashen, Goa.

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