Bandra Lepidagathis   
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Bandra Lepidagathis
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Bandra Lepidagathis
Botanical name: Lepidagathis bandraensis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Bandra Lepidagathis is a small perennial herb, 15-30 cm tall. Branches are many, 4-angled, arising from a woody rootstock. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves, 3-6 cm long, are linear, abruptly tipped with a short and sharp point. Pink flowers are borne in dense, one-sided spikes, 2-5 cm long, at the base of the branches. Bracts are dimorphic; outer 1 cm, cuspidate, hairy; inner ones smaller, long-pointed. Capsules are oblong, 1 cm long. Bandra Lepidagathis is occasionally found in rocky grasslands in the plains in the Western Ghats region. It was probably named after the Bandra area of Mumbai. Flowering: January.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale, Shrikant Ingalhalikar Photographed at Khandala, Maharashtra.

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