Curved Lepidagathis   
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Curved Lepidagathis
ative Photo: Navendu Pāgé
Common name: Curved Lepidagathis • Mizo: Vangvattur • Nepali: सेतो फुली Seto phuli • Nepali: सेतो फुली Seto Phuli, काँडे Kaande
Botanical name: Lepidagathis incurva    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Curved Lepidagathis is a perennial, nearly erect herb, growing up to 60 cm tall, with almost hairless stems. Lanceshaped-oblong-ovate leaves, on 1-2 cm long stalks, are 7-8 cm long, 2-3.5 cm wide, minutely velvety, sharp tipped. Flowers are white, brown spotted, borne in dense oblong-ovoid spikes in leaf axils, or at the end of branches, 1.5-3.5 cm long. Bracts are lance-shaped to ovate, 8-12 mm long, velvety, sharp-tipped. Bracteoles are linear-lanceshaped, about 6-8 mm long, dry. Sepal cup is 5-parted almost to base, with sepals unequal, linear-lanceshaped. Flower tube is about 6 mm long, dilated in the middle, limb 2-lipped, upper lip erect, notched, lower lip longer than upper, 3-lobed. Stamens 4, in unequal pairs, not protruding. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé
Photographed in Dehradoon, Uttarakhand.
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