Shining Barleria
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Shining Barleria
ative Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Shining Barleria
Botanical name: Barleria nitida    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Barleria bracteata

Shining Barleria is a shrub with ovate to elliptic leaves which are shortly tapering at both ends, nearly hairless above, 3.5-5 cm long. Shining white flowers are borne in one-sided spilkes. Bracteoles are elliptic or ovate, nearly as long as the sepals. Outer sepals are shining, toothed and fringed with hairs. Flowers are about 2.5 cm across, white tinged with blue. Flower-tube is up to 4 cm long, slender, expanded above. Capsules are ovoid, up to 17 x 6 mm, compresed, beaked. Shining Barleria is found in Peninsular India.
Medicinal uses: Leaf paste is used externally to reduce swellings.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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