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White Acanthus   
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White Acanthus
P Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: White Acanthus
Botanical name: Phlogacanthus albiflorus    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Diotacanthus albiflorus (Bedd.) Benth.

White Acanthus is a shrub 6-10 ft tall. Leaves are 12 x 4 cm, nearly entire, elliptic, narrowed at both ends, nerves 7 pairs, leaf-stalk 3-6 mm long. Flowers are borne in slender, 2.5-3.7 cm long, depressed corymb-like panicles, which are carried on 2.5-5 cm long stalks. Flowers are pure white, tube 4 mm, limb about 2 cm. Upper lip is notched, lower one shortly 3-lobed. Stamen filaments are as long as the flowers. Capsule is 2.5 cm long, 3-4 mm wide, 24-seeded. White Acanthus is found in souther Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Anurag Sharma, Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu.

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