Philippine Violet is native to India and southeast
Asia. It grows as a shrub 60-100 cm tall. The leaves are dark green on
the upper surface and pale green on the lower surface. They are
elliptic to narrowly ovate. The flowers are about 5 cm long,
funnel-shaped in violet or pink color. The fruits are about 1.5
cm long ellipsoid capsules. Thy become hairless and glossy at maturity.
In Tamil Nadu it is known as December Poo or December Flower as it
blooms in December and is normally strung into garlands of flowers for
women to wear in their hair.
Medicinal uses: Known as
อังกาบ, this plant is used in
Thailand as a traditional herbal remedy. It allegedly acts as a tonic,
diuretic and blood purifier.
Identification credit: Tabish
Photographed in Manipur and Mizoram.
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