Hairy Hemigraphis   
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Hairy Hemigraphis
P Native Herb
Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Hairy Hemigraphis
Botanical name: Hemigraphis hirta    Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Ruellia hitra, Ruellia sarmentosa

Hairy Hemigraphis is a small low-growing prennial herb with beautiful flowers. The stems are creeping and the leaves are ovate and prominently hairy. The margin of the leaves us serrated towards the tip. Flowers occur in few flowered spikes in leaf axils. Bracts are leafy and oblong. Flowers are rather large for this small plant. They are bluish purple, funnel shaped. Like all flowers of Barleria family, the flowers have 4 stamens.
Identification credit: Akramul Hoque
Photographed in Lodhi Garden, Delhi.

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