Deep-Purple Chiretta
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Deep-Purple Chiretta
P Native Photo: S. Jeevith
Common name: Deep-Purple Chiretta, Deep-Purple False-Waterwillow
Botanical name: Andrographis atropurpurea    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Andrographis gracilis, Andrographis wightiana

Deep-Purple Chiretta is a nearly erect undershrubs, with stems hairy. Leaves are up to 10 x 4 cm, ovate, tapering, broadest at base, hairless; nerves 4 or 5 pairs, prominent; leaf-stalk 0-5 mm long. Flowers are borne in panicle with long lax racemes, scabrid; bracts and bracteoles subulate. Flowers are distant; sepals 5 mm long, subulate, hairy; flower 1.8 cm long, hairless, upper lip round, retuse, dark brown, lower lip shallowly lobed, light pink with brown spots; lower anther bases bearded. Capsule 22 x 3 mm, oblong, glandular hairy; seeds 8, round, hairless. Deep-Purple Chiretta is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: S. Jeevith Photographed in the Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu.

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