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ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Nilgonda • Marathi: निळगोंडा Nilgonda
Botanical name: Neuracanthus trinervius    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Nilgonda is a herb found in Western Ghats. The species name trinervius comes from the fact that the leaves of the plant have 3 nerves. Flowers occur in a spiny spike, 3-15 cm long, occuring in leaf axils. The bracts are 8 mm long. Blue flowers are 2 lipped, with yellow centre, and veined with white or pale blue. Upper lip has dark violet, fading outwards from centre. Flowering: December.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai.
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