Common name: Karun Kurinji • Marathi: अकरा Akra • Tamil: கருங் குரிஞ்ஜி Karun Kurinji
Botanical name: Nilgirianthus heyneanus Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Strobilanthes heyneanus
Karun Kurinji is an undershrub, about a meter high, with grooved stem, often
covered with hairs. Oppositely arranged, unequal, ovate leaves are hairy and
have serrated margin. Blue urn-shaped flowers 1-1.2 cm long, occur in axillary
spikes. Five sepals are united at the base. Flower tube is swollen in the
middle, and has 5, rounded petals. The swollen part is whitish in color.
Stamens 4, filaments hairy at base. Capsule 6-8 mm long, oblong, 4-seeded.
Karun kurinji is mostly found in South-West India, and thought to be a type
of Kurinji. Like Kurinji, it flowers in long flowering cycle.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed at Bhimashankar, Maharashtra.|