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  Strobilanthes gracilis
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Strobilanthes gracilis Bedd., Ic. t. 207. 1868-1874; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 474. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1043(731). 1924; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 305. 1998; Venu in Daniel & Sanjappa (eds.), Fl. India ser. 4, Strobilanthes 103. 2006. Mackenziea gracilis (Bedd.) Bremek., Verh. Acad. Wet. afd. Natuurk. Sect. 2, 41:182.1944; Manilal, Fl. Silent Valley 207. 1988.
  Malayalam Name(s): Thokakurinji
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Thick shrubs; stems obtusely quadrangular, glabrous. Leaves 12-15 x 4-6 cm, elliptic, decurrent and auricled at base, acuminate at apex, serrate; lateral nerves 6-7 pairs; petiole 3-5 cm long. Spikes panicled, terminal and upper axillary; bracts 7 x 2 mm, oblanceolate, glandular hairy. Flowers 1-3 in a spike; sepals 9 x 1.5 mm, tube 1 mm long, lobes oblanceolate; corolla 30 mm long; tube narrow below, ventricose above, hairy; staminal filaments hairy. Capsule 14 x 7 mm, elliptic, compressed; seeds 3.5 x 3 mm, orbicular, flat.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: April-June
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): White
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 2100-2450
  Localities: Vellimala, Sispara, Munnar
   
 
   
 
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