Narrow-Leaf Blepharis
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Narrow-Leaf Blepharis
ative Photo: Anurag Sharma
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Blepharis
Botanical name: Blepharis integrifolia    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Acanthus integrifolius, Blepharis setosa, Blepharis rupicola

Narrow-Leaf Blepharis is a somewhat erect or rising perennial herb, sometimes mat-forming. Stems are up to 40 cm long, densely hairy. Leaves are linear to elliptic or slightly obovate, up 6 cm long, generally densely hairy, roughly above and on the edges, margin entire, rolled under. Flowers are borne solitary. Bracts are in 4 or 5 pairs, greenish to brown, sometimes with purple veins and blotches, oblong-elliptic to obovate, ending in a recurved bristle with 3-7 purple-red bristles, up to 3 mm long, on each side of the margin. Flowers are pale blue to mauve or purple, with darker veins, 8-22 mm long, lip ovate-spoon-shaped, hairy on both sides, 4-10 mm wide, central lobe longer and narrower than side lobes. Narrow-Leaf Blepharis is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: Santhan P. Photographed at Nandi Hills, Karnataka.

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