Botanical name: Staurogyne zeylanica Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ebermaiera zeylanica, Erythracanthus elongatus
Ceylon Staurogyne is a plant with short erect stem and trailing velvet-hairy branches. Leaves are elliptic, 3 inches long, 1 inch wide, somewhat blunt, narrowed at the base. Leaf-stalk is 1-1.5 cm. Flowers are borne in 1-2 inches long, dense cylindric spikes. Bracts are obovate, slightly longer than the flowers. Flowers are 6-8 mm long, pinkish white. Four sepals are linear, rather shorter than the bracts, and the fifth one is rather broader, linear somewhat pointed. Ceylon Staurogyne is found in peninsular India. Flowering: January-April.
Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
The flower labeled Ceylon Staurogyne is ...