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Toothed Rungia   
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Toothed Rungia
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Toothed Rungia
Botanical name: Rungia crenata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Diapedium crenatum

Toothed Rungia is an erect herb. Leaves are opposite, up to 5 x 2.5 cm, ovate-lanceshaped, sparsely hairy. Flower spikes are short, dense, at branch tips, 1-sided; bracts markedly biform; flowerless bracts in 2 regular series on one side the spike, 8 x 2.5 mm, green, striate, not or very narrowly margined. Flowering bracts are 4 mm diameter, somewhat hairy; bracteoles 3 mm, obovate, scarious-margined. Sepal cup is small, deeply 5-lobed; sepals linear-lanceolate, velvet-hairy. Flowers are small, bluish or white, limb 2-lipped, upper lip emarginated, shorter than the lower 3-lobed lip. Stamens are 2; anthers 2-celled. Ovary is 4-ovulate, style threadlike. Capsule is ovoid or oblong, shortly stalked, scarcely 1/6 inch, pubescent; seeds 4, compressed, orbicular, glabrous, verrucose, sometimes minutely, sometimes very strongly, so that the seed is concentrically rugose or subcristate. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke, Prashant Awale
Photographed at Anshi Ghat, Karnataka.
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