Travancore Asystasia
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Travancore Asystasia
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Travancore Asystasia
Botanical name: Asystasia travancorica    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Travancore Asystasia is an erect herb, 50-70 cm tall. Leaves are up to 15 x 1.5 cm, pointed to tapering at both ends, hairless or thinly hairy; nerves 5-6 pairs, oblique. Flowers are borne in racemes 1-3, at branch-ends, interrupted. Flowers are clustered; calyx 6 mm long, oblong, pointed, glabrate, fused at base. Flower are 2 cm long, violet, petals blunt; anthers blunt at base, hairless. Capsule is 2.5 cm long, puberulus; seeds 4, cubical, rugose. Travancore Asystasia is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Siddarth Machado Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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