Common name: Creeping Blepharis • Hindi: दूधिया चोटी Dudhiya choti, Uttagana • Kannada: Kodali soppu
Botanical name: Blepharis maderaspatensis Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Creeping Blepharis is a prostrate, creeping, wiry plant, rooting at the
nodes. It is seen commonly on slopes among rocks, poor gravelly soil on the
hills up to 1,400 m. Leaves occur in false whorls of four, that is, are four in each node. The flowers are white or cream, with mauve or purple veins. Flowers are 2-lipped, but the upper lip is almost nonexistent. Lower lip is 3-lobed. As the species name maderaspatensis indicates, this plant was first found in Madeira islands in Atlantic ocean, near Africa.
|Photographed in Garden of Five Senses, Delhi.|