Purple Stem Lepidagathis
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Purple Stem Lepidagathis
ative Photo: Krishan Lal
Common name: Purple Stem Lepidagathis
Botanical name: Lepidagathis purpuricaulis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Purple Stem Lepidagathis is a Himalayan plant with lanceshaped or ovate- lanceshaped velvety leaves. Stalkless flower-spikes arise in leaf axils, singly or clustered. Spikes are oblong, hairy, with lanceshaped, channeled bracts. Sepal cup is divided into 5 segments - one segment broad, the other 4 very narrow. Purple Stem Lepidagathis is found in Western Himalayas, from Kumaon to Nepal at altitudes of about 900 m.

Identification credit: Krishan Lal Photographed in Sirmaur Distt, Himachal Pradesh & Morni Hills, Haryana.

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