Common name: Hill Blepharis • Hindi: Akada • Marathi: दिकणा Dikna
Botanical name: Cynarospermum asperrimum Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Blepharis asperrima
Hill Belpharis is an annual prostrate herb, with 20-60 cm long stems, rooting
at nodes. Oppositely arranged, ovate-lancelike leaves are 5-8 cm long and
hairy. Leaf-stalks are about 1 cm long. Stalkless flowers occur either singly
in leaf axils or in spikes at the end of branches. The blue flowers are
2-lipped, 2-3 cm across. Upper lip is almost absent. The lower lip is blue
with dark veins and shallowly 3-lobed. Flowers are yellowish white in throat.
Common in Western Ghats. Flowering: November-April.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Maharashtra.|