Leaf-Enclosed Coneflower
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Leaf-Enclosed Coneflower
P Native Shrub elliptic Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Leaf-Enclosed Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes foliosa    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Endopogon capitatus, Nilgirianthus foliosus

Leaf-Enclosed Coneflower is a shrub with stems 1-2 ft., much branched, rigid. Leaves are 5 x 3 cm, shortly tapering at both ends, conspicuously lineolate above; nerves 5-6 pair ; leaf-stalk 8 mm. Flowers are borne in numerous heads, at branch-ends, about 1 cm, each closely sandwiched by two uppermost leaves. Bracts are 2 cm, linear-oblong, at first nearly hairless or hairy ; bracteoles 1.5 cm, linear, at first nearly hairless or hairy. Calyx is 2 cmlong, divided hardly half-way down, obscurely or prominently hairy at flower-time, hairy in fruit, segments narrowly lanceshaped. Flowers are 3 cm, blue or whiteish, hairless outside, hairy along 2 lines inside; linear base of the tube about as long as the suddenly widened swollen part. Capsule is 1.5 cm, 4-seeded. Leaf-Enclosed Coneflower is found in Southern Western Ghats.

Identification credit: A.N. Sringeswara Photographed in Chikamagalur, Karnataka.

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