Common name: Tentacled Haplanthodes, Niligiri Haplanthodes • Marathi: निळा जकारा nila jakara • Konkani: वाढलें कालें किरायतें vhadlem kalem kiraytem
Botanical name: Haplanthodes tentaculatus Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Synonyms: Haplanthus tentaculatus, Bremekampia tentaculata, Haplanthodes neilgherryensis(?)
Tentacled Haplanthodes is an erect annual herb, 1-2 ft tall, with stout stem
and ascending densely hairy branches. Leaves can be opposite or alternate.
They are ovate, 5-10 cm, hairy, margin wavy, base either rounded or
asymmetrically heart-shaped. Leaf stalks are winged, 2-4 cm long. Stalkless
flowers are pale violet, 5-6 mm, in two rows, in 5-15 cm long bristly spikes.
Flowers are funnel shaped, with 5 petals, hairy outside, streaked with
brownish purple lines. Flowering: November-December.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
|Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra.|