Velvety Barleria
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Velvety Barleria
P Native Shrub ovate Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Velvety Barleria
Botanical name: Barleria tomentosa    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Barleria paniculata, Barleria tomentosa var. glandulosa

Velvety Barleria is a shrub, with branchlets velvet-hairy. Leaves are 4-6 x 2-3 cm, ovate, tip tapering, base pointed, woolly below; leaf-stalk to 3 cm. Flowers are nearly stalkless in short in leaf-axils racemes; bracts spoon-shaped; sepals 4, to 1.5 x 0.7 cm, nearly equal, obovate. Flowers are 3 mm across, salviform, pink, tube up to 7 cm; stamens 2. Capsule 4-seeded; seed hairy. Velvety Barleria is endemic to Peninsular India. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh.

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