Yellow Lepidagathis
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Yellow Lepidagathis
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Yellow Lepidagathis • Marathi: पिवला भूई गॆंद Pivla Bhuigend
Botanical name: Lepidagathis lutea    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Yellow Lepidagathis is a small perennial herb, native to the Western Ghats. It has several erect filament-like stems, velvety and covered with soft hairs. Leaves are linear-folded. Spikes clustered about the root, are velvety and covered with soft hairs. Bracts are ovate to circular, with a long spiny point. Flowers are small, yellow. The whole plants looks like a hairy, velvety ball on the ground, hence the common Marathi name Bhui gend. Flowering: February.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed at Chakdeo hill & Ratanagiri, Maharashtra.

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