Common name: Three Nerved Squirrel Tail • Marathi: लहान् अडुलसा Lahan Adulsa, Sut
Botanical name: Justicia trinervia Family: Acanthaceae (Barleria family)
Three Nerved Squirrel Tail is a small, prostrate herb, with ascending
branches. Leaves are 2x1 cm, upper stalkless, elliptic or ovate, tip obtuse.
Flowers are dull white with blue tinge, in 10 cm long, spikes at the end of
branches. Bracts are lancelike, leafy, white, with prominent green nerves.
Sepal cup is 5 mm long, velvety. Flowers 1 cm long, petals unequal, lower
tailed. Capsule is 1.2 cm long, nearly spherical, velvety. Seeds usually 4,
densely clothed with tubercles. Flowering: January-June.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale