Botanical name: Phaulopsis imbricata Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia imbricata
Himalayan Ruellia is a trailing and scrambling herb with semi-erect stems up to 1 m. Leaves are opposite, one larger than the other in each pair, usually asymmetrical at the base. Flowers in terminal clusters, white with a purple centre, appearing from broad, overlapping bracts. The flowers have an unpleasant smell. Himalayan Ruellia occurs in open scrub, woodland and along forest margins, at altitudes of 400-900 m, in Africa, Himalayas, India, Indo-China and W. China.
Identification credit: Parjanya Guru, Tanay bose
The flower labeled Himalayan Ruellia is ...