Narrow-Leaf Chiretta
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Narrow-Leaf Chiretta
P Native Photo: P. Samydurai
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Chiretta
Botanical name: Andrographis stenophylla    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Narrow-Leaf Chiretta is an erect subshrub, with stem 4-angled. Leaves are opposite, linear, less than 2.5 cm long, hairless. Flowers are borne in elongate racemes, sometimes nearly panicle-like, but the flowers distant. Flower-stalks are mostly nearly as long as the calyx. Sepals are hairless, lineolate. Flowers are pale with dark red stripes, prominently 2-lipped. Stamens are 2; filaments also more or less hairy; anthers prominently bearded at the base. Ovary is 2-celled, ovules 2-6 in each cell; style slender; stigma minutely bifid. Capsules are hairless, linear-oblong; seeds hard, deeply rugosely pitted, hairless. Narrow-Leaf Chiretta is endemic to Peninsular India. Flowering: September-December.

Identification credit: P. Samydurai, S.Santhoshkumar Photographed in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu.

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