Many-Flowered Gymnostachyum
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Many-Flowered Gymnostachyum
P Native Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Many-Flowered Gymnostachyum
Botanical name: Gymnostachyum polyanthum    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Cryptophragmium polyanthum

Many-Flowered Gymnostachyum is a herb bearing flowering stems. Stem is very short, finely velvet-hairy. Leaves are elliptic-ovate, 4-12 x 2-5.5 cm, base sublyrate, narrowing into the stalk, margin nearly entire, tip somewhat pointed, non lineolate, papery, leaf-stalk about 3 cm long. Flowering stem is up to 25 cm long, sharply 4-angled (4-winged). Flowers are borne in condensed cymes, forming false raceme. Flower are pale purple. Capsule are oblong, cylindric, about 2 cm long. Seeds about 14, dotted. Many-Flowered Gymnostachyum is found in India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: April-July.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma Photographed in Agumbe, Karnataka.

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