Kashmir Acanthus
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Kashmir Acanthus
P Native Photo: Shakir Ahmad
Common name: Kashmir Acanthus
Botanical name: Strobilanthes wallichii    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Goldfussia thomsonii, Strobilanthes latisepala, Pteracanthus alatus

Kashmir acanthus is a forest perennial herb, with erect grooved stem, up to 2 ft tall, but usually much smaller. Leaves are ovate-lanceshaped, long-pointed, margin coarsely toothed, white hairy, with 6 pairs of lateral nerves. Flowers are blue, about 4 cm long, occurring singly or in pairs, forming a leafy interrupted spike. Bracts are persistent and leaf-like. Sepals are hairy, linear blunt. Flower tube is broad, cruved, with oblique mouth and short rounded petals. Kashmir acanthus occurs in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Nepal, East Himalaya to China, at altitudes of 1300-3600 m. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Shakir Ahmad Photographed in Kashmir.

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