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  Strobilanthes aurita
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Strobilanthes aurita Wood, Kew Bull. 50: 12. 1994; Venu in Daniel & Sanjappa (eds.), Fl. India ser. 4, Strobilanthes 64. 2006; Ratheesh Narayanan, Fl. Stud. Wayanad Dist. 628. 2009. Strobilanthes caudatus sensu Beed., Ic. t. 213. 1868-1874, non Anders. 1860; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 441. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1040(729). 1924; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 303. 1998. Mackenziea caudata (Anders.) Ramamoorthy in Saldanha & Nicolson, Fl. Hassan Dist. 553. 1976; Ramach. & V.J. Nair, Fl. Cannanore Dist. 343. 1988; Vajr., Fl. Palghat Dist. 355. 1990.
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  Description: Subshrubs; branches terete, glabrous. Leaves simple, opposite, 8-12 x 2-3 cm, elliptic, caudate acuminate, glabrous, margins entire; lateral nerves 8 pairs. Spikes 1.5 x 2 cm, axillary, solitary or 2-3 together, peduncled; peduncle to 3 cm long; involucral bracts smaller than floral bracts, linear; floral bracts 20 x 2 mm, linear, obtuse, glandular-hairy; bracteoles 3, linear; flowers few. Calyx 7 mm long, lobes linear-oblong, hairy. Corolla 22 mm long, blue, tube narrow at base, with two patches of hairs at throat. Staminal sheath hairy.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad, Kannur, Wayanad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White, Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to:
  IUCN status: Vulnerable (VU)
  Altitude: -1000
  Localities: Brook's peak, Chandanathode, Kannoth, Mukkali forests
   
 
   
 
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