FoI
Hairy Purple Trumpet   
Foto info
Hairy Purple Trumpet
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Hairy Purple Trumpet • Tamil: Koppakkizhangu chedi, Paei Unnankizhangu
Botanical name: Argyreia pilosa    Family: Convolvulaceae (Morning glory family)

Hairy Purple Trumpet is a large twiner with young branches pale reddish. Stem leaves, inflorescence, bracts and calyx are hairy; hairs white, bulbous-based. Leaves are alternate, up to 7-14 x 6-12 cm, broadly ovate, tip pointed, base subheart-shaped; lateral nerves 7-8 pairs; leaf-stalk 3-6 cm long. Flowers are pink, borne in leaf-axils, in heads; flower-cluster-stalk 2-3 cm long; bract 1-1.2 cm long, oblong-lanceshaped. Calyx is nearly free to base; sepals 5, nearly equal, 6-8 mm long, oblong to lanceshaped, pointed. Flowers are 4-5 cm long, bell-shaped, bristly-hairy without. Stamens 5, included; filaments unequal; anthers 2-celled; pollen grains minutely spinous. Ovary 2-4-locular; ovules 4; style erect; stigma 2-lobed, lobes spherical. Fruit 1.5 cm across. Hairy Purple Trumpet is endemic to Western Ghats. Flowering: August-October.

Identification credit: Pramod lawand Photographed in Ajara, Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,