Konkan Eranthemum
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Konkan Eranthemum
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Konkan Eranthemum
Botanical name: Eranthemum capense var. concanense    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Konkan Eranthemum is a subshrub, 1-1.5 m tall. Stem is jointed, softly hairy. Leaves are opposite, 4-14 x 2-5 cm, broadly elliptic, narrowed, long-pointed, entire or wavy, hairless, dark green. Lateral nerves are 2-5 pairs, leaf-stalks 0.5-3 cm long. Flowers are borne on branch ends or in leaf axils, in dense panicles of spikes. The stalk carrying the inflorescence is 3-9 cm long. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped, long-pointed, 1-2 cm long, 2-4 mm wide, hairy. Bracteoles are linear-lanceshaped, 4-6 x about 1 mm. Sepals are 5, shortly fused, filamentous, 4-8 mm long, glandular hairy. Flowers are blue, tube narrow, 2-2.5 cm long, velvety, limb subequally 5-lobed, twisted to the left in bud, ovate, 1-1.5 cm across. Stamens are 2, attached at the throat of the tube. Capsules are oblong, 1.5-2.5 cm long, 4-6 mm wide, seeds 4, compressed, 2-3 mm thick, hygroscopically hairy. Konkan Eranthemum is endemic to peninsular India.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed in North Karnataka.
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