Common name: Ganges Primrose, Chinese violet, Creeping foxglove • Kannada: Meddhe soppu, Lavan-valli, Maithaala kaddi • Malayalam: Valli-upu-dali • Marathi: लवण वल्ली Lavana valli • Tamil: Parchorri, Chorri, Mekampokki • Telugu: Mukka mungera, Poda beera
Botanical name: Asystasia gangetica Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Asystasia means inconsistency and relates to the fact that the
corolla is more or less regular which is unusual in the family
Acanthaceae. The word gangetica is derived from the Ganga river in
India where it is presumed the species occurs. The Marathi name Lavana
valli means salt resistant creeper. Ganges primrose is an attractive,
fast-growing, spreading, herbaceous groundcover that grows from 30 cm to
60 cm in height. The stems root easily at the nodes. Leaves are simple and
dark green. It produces a cream-coloured flower with tessellated purple
markings on the palate (lower petal of the corolla) in spring and summer.
Flowers are produced over a long period and are followed by capsules with
brown seeds. It is semi-hardy, and young plants require protection in
areas of heavy frost. In tropical areas it can grow rampantly.
Identification credit: Nandan Kalbag & Dinesh Valke
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|