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  Strobilanthes walkeri
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Strobilanthes walkeri Arn. ex Nees in Hook, Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 312. 1837 & in DC., Prodr. 11: 181. 1847; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 440. 1884; Sivar. & Mathew, Fl. Nilambur 524. 1997; Venu in Daniel & Sanjappa (eds.), Fl. India ser. 4, Strobilanthes 187. 2006.
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  Description: Subshrubs, to 1.5 m high. Leaves opposite, ca 12 x 5 cm, often unequal, ovate to obovate, acute to attenuate at base, crenate-serrate at margin, acute to acuminate at apex, subcoriaceous, thinly scarbrous above and beneath, lineolate above; lateral nerves ca 6 pairs; petioles ca 6 cm long. Inflorescence in heads, 2-4 flowered, sometimes more and compound; peduncles ca 3 cm long, jointed, thickened upwards, sometimes faintly winged; bracts of head ovate, short-elliptic, crested, ca 8 mm; floral bracts slightly narrower, one at base of each flower, entire or crenulate-serrulate at margin, acute at apex, ciliate, faintly veined, ca 8 mm long; bracteoles 2, lanceolate, ca 8 x 2.5 mm, truncate at base, ciliate at margin, subacute at apex. Calyx 5-lobed; subequal, connate at base, ca 9 mm long, ciliate, strigose inside. Corolla ca 1 x 5 cm across, pink; tube ca 1 cm long, widening above from half way down; lobes 5, subequal, twisted to left in bud, reflexed, ca 5 mm, hirsute at base of the lobes and along grooves on either side of long stamens, obtuse. Stamens 4, attached at middle of tube, exserted; filaments thick, hispid from basal half, united in pairs, 6 and 7 mm long, decurrent; anther cell oblong , ca 2 mm. Ovary globose, ca 1.5 mm, glabrous; style filiform, ca 1.3 cm long, hairy; stigma acute. Capsules oblong-ellipsoid, ca 1.2 cm long, glabrous, excluded; seeds 4, ovoid, faintly beaked at tip, 2 small, appressed-hairy; areole small, semicircular, glabrous.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: September-December
  District(s): Malappuram
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  Habitat: Evergreen forests
  Distribution: Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
  Aquatic: No
  Epiphyte(s): No
  Saprophyte: No
  Stem parasite: No
  Root parasite: No
  Flower colour(s): Pink
  Weed: No
  Monocot/Dicot: Dicotyledonous Plants
  Exotic: No
  Garden: No
  Edible: No
  Vegetable: No
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  Localities: Nadugani ghats
   
 
   
 
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