Wallich's Conehead   
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Wallich's Conehead
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Wallich's Conehead
Botanical name: Strobilanthes wallichii    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Pteracanthus alatus, Ruellia alata, Goldfussia thomsonii

Wallich's Conehead is a gregarious, basally woody, up to 2 ft tall undershrub with 4-angled, velvet-hairy or hairless twigs. Flowers are cone-shaped, pale-blue, 2.5-3.5 cm long, paired or solitary in lax, leafy clusters. Bracts are persistent, leafy, ovate, 8-10 mm long, hairless. Bracteoles are linear-oblong or absent. Sepals are linear-lanceshaped, 7-8 mm long, mostly hairless except for some the glandular hairs. Sepals enlarge up to 2.5 cm in fruit. Flower tube is cylindrical, nearly straight or slightly curved, limb about 1.5-1.8 cm across, with dark-blue or mauve, rounded short lobes. Leaf-stalks are up to 5 cm long, winged or the upper most leaves stalkless. Leaf-blade is membranous, elliptic-oblong to lanceshaped, 3-12 x 0.8-5 cm. almost hairless on both sides, basally narrowed or upper ones heart-shaped, toothed, long pointed. Capsules are oblong, 1.2-1.6 cm long, hairless, 4-seeded. Wallich's Conehead is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Bhutan, at altitudes of 2700-3600 m. Flowering: June-August.

Photographed in Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand & Doodhpathri, Kashmir.

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