Rigid Lepidagathis
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Rigid Lepidagathis
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Rigid Lepidagathis
Botanical name: Lepidagathis rigida    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Rigid Lepidagathis is an erect, up to 1.2 m tall undershrub with softly glandular-velvet-hairy, four-edged twigs. Flowers are pale-white, in dense, simple or compound, 2.5-6 cm long glandular-velvet-hairy spikes. Flowers are about 1.5 cm long, hairy outside, throat hairless; tube about 1 cm long, upper lip rounded, notched, about 5 mm long; lower lip with 3, oblong, blunt nearly equal lobes. Stamens have oblong, bearded anthers. Sepal-cup is 4-lobed nearly to the base, sepals unequal, linear-lanceshaped, glandular-velvet-hairy. Bracts are linear-lanceshaped, 1.0-1.5 cm long, about 2.5 mm wide, entire, rigid, pointed with a sharp tip; bracteoles similar to bracts, about 9 mm long. Leaves are almost stalkless, linear-narrowly lanceshaped, 6-12 cm x 6-15 mm, glandular-velvet-hairy on both sides, nerves prominent in 8-10 pairs, narrowed at the base, pointed. Capsules are ovoid-lanceshaped, about 5 mm long, hairless, 4-seeded. Rigid Lepidagathis is found in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and also NE India and Western Ghats. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Amboli, Maharashtra.

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