Lobelia False-Waterwillow
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Lobelia False-Waterwillow
ative Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Lobelia False-Waterwillow
Botanical name: Andrographis lobelioides    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Justicia lobelioides

Lobelia False-Waterwillow is a very rusty-hairy or nearly hairless plant. Rootstock is woody, and stems 5-20 cm long, very numerous, rising up. Leaves are 5-20 mm in diameter, ovate. Flowers are borne in panicles 2.5-10 cm long. Flowers are 8 cm long. Lower flower-stalks are up to 6 mm long, sepals 5 mm long. Anther protrude out very much from the flowers, prominently white barbate. It can be distinguished from Roundleaf False-Waterwillow by the absence of flowers in the lower leaf axils. Lobelia False-Waterwillow is found in Nilgiri Hills.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Avalanchi Range, Tamilnadu.

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