Large-Flowered Acranthera
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Large-Flowered Acranthera
P Native Photo: C. Rajasekar
Common name: Large-Flowered Acranthera
Botanical name: Acranthera grandiflora    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Large-Flowered Acranthera is a perennial herb up to 20 cm tall, silky hairy. Leaves are 15-21 x 5-8.5 cm, hairless above, crispate-velvet-hairy along nerves beneath, elliptic or oblong-obovate, narrowed at base, blunt at tip; stipules upto 1.2 cm, triangular ovate, pointed at tip. Flowers are 6-7 cm long, hairy, borne in cymes in leaf-axils or at branch-ends. Flowers are showy, tube white, petals dark blue; tube 3-4 cm long, narrow at base, dilated towards tip; lobes 5, 1-1.2 x 0.8-1 cm, broadly ovate, rounded at tip, densely hairy on outside, yellowish at throat. Stamens are 5, united around stigma. Sepal-cup is subtended by a pair of leafy bracts; tube 0.5-0.6 cm; sepals 5 upto 1 cm, linear. Berry is oblong. Large-Flowered Acranthera is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: May-September.

Identification credit: C. Rajasekar Photographed in KMTR, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

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