Malabar False Eranthemum
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Malabar False Eranthemum
ative Photo: Pravin Kawale
Common name: Malabar False Eranthemum • Kannada: ಬಿಳಿ ಗೋರಂಟೆ bili gorante • Tulu: ಬೊಳ್ಡು ಗೋರಂಟಿ boldu goranti • Malayalam: ചുട്ടിമുല്ല chuttimulla Source: Names of Plants in India
Botanical name: Pseuderanthemum malabaricum    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Eranthemum malabaricum

Malabar False Eranthemum is a woody plant, about 2 ft tall. Leaves are elliptic or ovate, narrowed at both ends, hairless. They can grow to 5 inch long and 2.5 inches wide, with somewhat wavy toothed margin. Nerves are 6-7 pairs, and the stalk is about 8 mm long. Flowers are borne in 4-9 inches long spikes. They are white or yellowish, 2.5-4.5 cm across, somewhat two-lipped. Sepals are about 4 mm long, nearly linear. Capsule is about 2 cm long, cylindric. Malabar False Eranthemum is found in peninsular India.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed in Maharashtra.

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