Grey Gymnostachyum
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Grey Gymnostachyum
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Grey Gymnostachyum
Botanical name: Gymnostachyum pubescens    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Gymnostachyum canescens, Gymnostachyum longifolium, Justicia pubescens

Grey Gymnostachyum is a subshrub with hairy stem. Leaves are 15-20 x 10-12 cm, broadly elliptic, tip long-pointed, base narrow. Flowers are borne in panicled hairy cymes in leaf axils. Bracts and bracteoles are similar, 2 mm long, ovate. Flowers are many, densely packed. Sepals are 5 mm long, glandular hairy, flowers greenish white, 1.5 cm long, tube 1 cm long, narrow, petals blunt, bristly. Anthers are unequal, hairless. Capsules are 16 x 2 mm, oblong, acute, hirsute; seeds many, orbicular, golden brown. Grey Gymnostachyum is found in the Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed along Chorla Ghat, Maharashtra.
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