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  Lepidagathis chlorostachya
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Lepidagathis chlorostachya Nees in DC., Prodr. 11: 256. 1847; Pandura. & V.J. Nair, Indian J. For. 17: 178. 1994.
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  Description: Shrubs, 1-1.5 m tall. Leaves opposite, 12-16 x 4-7 cm, elliptic-oblong or lanceolate, membranous, glabrous, pale green, base acute, margins entire, apex acuminate; lateral nerves 5-7 pairs, distinct below; petioles 4-6 cm long. Spikes axillary, erect, subsessliie, usually one per axil, sometimes 2 together, 5-7 cm long; bracts linear-lanceolate, margins glandular hairy, apex spiny, persistent, ca. 10 x 1.5 cm; bracteoles narrowly lanceolate, margins hairy, apex spiny, persistent, ca. 6 x 1 mm. Flowers sessile, irregular, mouth ventricose. Sepals 5, linear-lanceolate, membranous, margins hairy, persistent, green, ca. 5 x 1 mm. Corolla tubular, base cylindric, bluish-purple, mouth 2-lipped, ca. 7 x 4 mm; upper erect, 2-fid; lower 3-lobed, spreading, pitted. Stamens 4, didynamous; filaments 3-4 mm long, glandular pit. Anthers dithecous, oblong, versatile, ca. 1 mm across. Disc annular.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: January-March
  District(s): Idukki
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Scrub jungles
  Distribution: India and Myanmar
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue, Purple
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Meenmutty
   
 
   
 
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