Slender Ruellia
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Slender Ruellia
ntroduced Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Slender Ruellia
Botanical name: Ruellia inundata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ruellia albicaulis, Ruellia galeottii

Slender Ruellia is a herb, aromatic, sometimes shrubby, to 1.5 m tall, with stems and leaves densely velvet-hairy. Stems are somewhat 4-sided, hairy. old stems tan, leaf axils often with clusters of small leaves. Leaves opposite, stalk up to 8 cm long, blade 4-15 cm, long. I-8 cm wide, pointed at both ends, pale, dull green, hairy, sticky on both sides, margins toothed. Flowers are pink or pink purple, up to about 3 cm long, 5-parted, narrowly funnel-shaped, tube slighty curved, petal lobes equal, flaring, tips rounded, sepal lobes linear, about 1 cm long with 1 lobe longer than others, finely glandular-hairy, blooms few at a time amid a mass of hairy bracts. Inflorescence branched, of dense. headlike clusters. Fruit dry, club-shaped up to 1 cm long. Flowering: November-June.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Mumbai.

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