Small Flowered Justicia
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Small Flowered Justicia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Small Flowered Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia neesii    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Justicia micrantha, Rostellularia crinita, Rostellularia neesii

Small Flowered Justicia is a small annual herb, growing up to 10-25 cm tall, with slender hairy stem. Oppositely arranged leaves are ovate, blunt, 2-3 cm long, carried on 4-6 mm long stalks. Flowers are borne in dense spikes, 2-5 cm long, in leaf axils or at the end of branches. Bracts are linear, bristly. Sepals are 4, with spinous midribs. Flowers are 2-lipped, light pink botched with purple in the middle. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Prabalgad, Maharashtra.

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