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  Strobilanthes kunthianus
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Strobilanthes kunthianus (Nees) Anders. ex. Benth., Fl. Hong. 262. 1861; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 434. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1036(726). 1924; Swarup. et al., Shola For. Kerala 34. 1998; Sasidh., Fl. Periyar Tiger Reserve 306. 1998; Venu in Daniel & Sanjappa (eds.), Fl. India ser. 4, Strobilanthes 129. 2006. Phlebophyllum kunthianum Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 83. 1832; Sasidh. et al., Bot. Stud. Med. Pl. Kerala 35.1996.
  Malayalam Name(s): Neelakurinji
  Tamil name(s):
  English name(s):
  Description: Bushy shrubs; branches reddish, glabrous. Leaves to 6 x 3 cm, elliptic, glabrous above, coriaceous. Spikes 3-5 cm long, cylindric, 2-5, on axillary peduncles; involucral bracts 2-3, elliptic, tomentose; floral bracts 12 x 4 mm, ovate-acuminate, tawny pubescent; bracteoles 7 x 1.5 mm, linear-lanceolate. Flowers many; calyx 10 mm long, lobes acuminate; corolla 25 mm long, blue, hairy.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-January
  District(s): Idukki, Palakkad
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Grasslands
  Distribution: Peninsular India
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Blue
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
  Endemic to: Southern Western Ghats
  IUCN status:
  Altitude: 500-2000
  Localities: Thannikkudy, Munnar
   
 
   
 
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