Violet Asystasia
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Violet Asystasia
ative Photo: Suresh Haridas
Common name: Violet Asystasia • Marathi: नीलकंठ Neelkanth
Botanical name: Asystasia dalzelliana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Asystasia violacea

Violet Asystasia is a perennial branched herb, about 60-100 m. Stem quadrangular, swollen at nodes. Leaves are opposite, unequal ovate or elliptic-lanceolate, velvet-hairy; leaf-stalk up to 1 cm long. Flowers are lilcal, purplish violet or blue, trumpet shaped, 3-4 cm long, 2-lipped. Upper lip is 4-lobed, lower lip dark violet, spotted, projecting out. Stamens are 4, anthers about 3 mm long, style up to 1.5 cm long. Capsule is up to 1.5 cm long, club-shaped, stalked, velvet-hairy, beaked. Violet Asystasia is found in Peninsular India. Flowering: August-November.i

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Kerala & Maharashtra.

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