Botanical name: Mackenziea integrifolia Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Endopogon integrifolius, Leptacanthus alatus, Strobilanthes perfoliatus
Wayti is a perennial branched shrub, about 1 m tall, endemic to Sahyadri hills. Oppositely arranged elliptic, lance-like leaves are 10-20 cm long. Leaves have a tapering tip and the base tapers into the wings of the leaf stalk. Flowers occur in spikes 5-12 cm long, in leaf axils or at the end of branches. The flower spikes have a strong smell. Flowers are blue, funnel shaped, 3-4 cm, with 5 rounded lobes of the tube. It flowers once in seven years. Flowering: October-January.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
The flower labeled Wayti is ...