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.|