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  Strobilanthes lanatus
 
  Family: ACANTHACEAE
  Citation:  Strobilanthes lanatus Nees in DC., Prodr. 11: 191. 1847; Venu in Daniel & Sanjappa (eds.), Fl. India ser. 4, Strobilanthes 132. 2006. Strobilanthes gossypinus Anders., J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 9: 466. 1867; Hook.f., Fl. Brit. India 4: 434. 1884; Gamble, Fl. Pres. Madras 1037 (727). 1924.
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  Description: Erect shrubs, ca 1 m high; stems tetragonous, densely cottony-tomentose. Leaves opposite, ca 12 x 5 cm, broadly elliptic-ovate, acute or rounded at base, entire at margin, acute or acuminate with a twisted point at apex, coriaceous, glabrous above, sometimes silky when young or rarely when old leaves at base only, soft spreading floccose tawny woolly beneath; lateral nerves 10-13 pairs, parallel, curved upwards, impressed above, slightly raised beneath; petioles tetragonal, 2-5 cm long, dense-tomentose. Inflorescence spikes, axillary or terminal, usually single, rarely branched, uninterrupted, 4-8 cm long, with grey or tawny wool; bracts ovate or lanceolate, acute, ca 1.2 cm long, white-yellow-tomentose outside, glabrous and shining inside; bracteoles linear-oblong, ca 1 cm long, yellow-tomentose outside, glabrous inside. Calyx ca 1.2 cm long, divided ¾ downwards; tube ca 2 mm long; lobes linear, equal, ca 1 cm long, pubescent outside, glabrous and shining dark violet inside. Corolla infundibuliform, ca 3.5 cm long, pale blue; tube faintly curved, ca 7 mm long, gradually widening above, ca 2.8 cm long, 5-lobed; lobes orbicular, acute, ca 4 mm. Stamens 2; filaments ca 1.5 cm long, included, very hairy. Ovary ca 2 mm long, hairy above; style linear, ca 1.3 cm glabrous; stigma oblique. Capsules not reported.
  Habit: Shrub
  Flowering & Fruiting: November-April
  District(s): Kozhikkode, Kannur
  Medicinal:
  Habitat: Dry hill slopes
  Distribution: Southern Western Ghats
  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: -2000
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