Common name: Rosy Eranthemum, Blue eranthemum • Marathi: दसमुळी Dasmuli, जंगली अबोली Jungli Aboli
Botanical name: Eranthemum roseum Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Rosy Eranthemum is a perennial herb growing up to 1-2 meters high. Oppositely
arranged oblong lance-like leaves are 10-20 cm long. The leaf stalk is 1-3 cm
long. Blue-violet flowers occur either singly in the leaf axils or in a spike
10-15 cm long, at the end of branches. Bracts are prominent whitish with green
nerves. Flowers have 5 petals and two stamens emerging from the flower tube.
The flowers have a strong fragrance and fade to a rosy color. It is commonly
found on shady forests of the hills of Western Ghats.
Identification credit: Pravin Kawale
|Photographed in Lonavala,