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Long Flowered Barleria   
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Long Flowered Barleria
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Long Flowered Barleria • Kannada: Goarimidi, Kolavalike, Mullanakole, Neeruppi gida • Marathi: लांब कोरांटी Lamb Koranti • Oriya: Suryabhiya • Sanskrit: Adyanda, एककंटकः Ekakantaka, Gokshuraka, Ikshurah, कोकिलाक्षा Kokilaksha, Suryabhira • Telugu: Pinna-gorinta
Botanical name: Barleria longiflora    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Long Flowered Barleria is a small shrub 1-2 m tall. Branches are covered with glandular hairs. Oppositely arranged ovate, long-pointed leaves are 4-7 cm long, densely hairy on both sides. Leaf base is rounded and the stalk is about 1 cm long. Flowers are borne singly or in groups of 2-3 on top of a stalk in leaf axils. Sepals are 4, in opposite, unequal pairs, 8 and 16 mm long. Flowers have a very long and narrow tube, 8-10 cm long, white with bluish-purple tinge. Petals at the top are elliptic, pointed, 2 cm long. Capsules are 2 cm long, 4 seeded. Long Flowered Barleria is found in Western Ghats. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed near Aurangabad Caves, Maharashtra.

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