Two-Stamen Coneflower
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Two-Stamen Coneflower
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Two-Stamen Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes wightii    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Stenosiphonium diandrum, Stenosiphonium wightii

Two-Stamen Coneflower is a shrub with leaves 4-7 x 2-3.5 cm, ovate, tapering at tip, broadly narrowed to heart-shaped at base, densely lineolate on upper side. Lower leaves are stalked, upper ones stalkless. Bracts are 1-2 x 0.4-0.6 cm, ovate. Bracteoles 0.6-1 cm long, linear, subulate, glandular hairy. Sepals are similar to bracteoles. Flower are pink, tube 1-1.2 cm long, lower portion narrow, upper part bell-shaped. Ovules 3-4 in each cell. Two-Stamen Coneflower is endemic to Southern Western Ghats. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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