Flax-Leaved Rungia
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Flax-Leaved Rungia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Flax-Leaved Rungia
Botanical name: Rungia linifolia    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Rungia linifolia var. saldanhae, Rostellularia gracilis

Flax-Leaved Rungia is a small annual herb, growing up to 0.5-1 ft tall. Stems are slender and erect, and branches are threadlike. Oppositely arranged leaves are elliptic-lanceshaped, 1-3 cm long, pointed, with a narrow base. Leaves 4-6 pairs of nerves and are borne on 3 mm long stalks. Flowers are borne in narrow spikes, 1-3 cm long, at the end of branches. Flowers are arranged only on one side of the spike. Flowers are pink-purple, two-lipped. Lower lip is 3-lobed, and has purple markings on it. Flowering: December-January.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Gangawali River near Karikale Village, Karnataka.

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