White East-Himalayan Coneflower
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White East-Himalayan Coneflower
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: White East-Himalayan Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes simonsii    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

White East-Himalayan Coneflower is a subshrub up to 1 m tall, unequal leaved. It is one of the rare coneflower species with white flowers. Flower are pure white, 3.5-4.2 cm, gradually widened from shortly cylinderical base to about 1.5 cm, hairless. Sepal-cup is 1.4 cm, velvet-hairy, sepals linear, tapering into long fine point.Flowers are borne on branchlets with 1-3 few-flowered heads. Outer bracts are 2, hairy, dissimilar, larger one 3-4 cm, ovate, entire with elongate, lanceshaped, sickle shaped, toothed appendage, smaller one 1.3-2 cm, oblong-lanceshaped with toothed fringed tip; inner bracts lanceshaped, 2.5-3 cm, tapering, tip rounded toothed; bracteoles lanceshaped, 1.6-1.9 cm, tapering, hairy. Stems are hairy, leaves elliptic, curved, not more than 9 x 3 cm, velvet-hairy on both surfaces but with veins beneath highlighted with longer hairs. Capsules are 1.5 cm, hairless.

Identification credit: John Wood Photographed in Hmuifang, Mizoram.

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