Mysore Asystasia
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Mysore Asystasia
ative Photo: Milind Girdhari
Common name: Mysore Asystasia
Botanical name: Asystasia mysorensis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia mysurensis, Asystasia lawiana, Asystasia mysurensis

Mysore Asystasia is an erect herb, 1 m tall, with quadrangular, 3-forked, knotted stem. Leaves are large, elliptic-oblong, pointed, suddenly narrowing into a 1 inch long leaf stalk. Leaves are roughish above, hairy on the nerves beneath. Short flower spikes are borne at the top, singly. Flowers are stalkless, white, shorter than bracts. Flowers are 2-lipped, upper lip 4-lobed, and the lower one unlobed. Bracts and bracteoles are lanceshaped, leaf-like, 3-nerved, hairy. Mysore Asystasia is naive to Ethiopia to S. Africa, Yemen, India.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Parbhani & Chandan-Vandan Fort, Satara, Maharashtra.

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