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Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Nongmangkha • Manipuri: Nongmangkha • Assamese: Banheka
Botanical name: Phlogacanthus thyrsiformis    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Phlogacanthus thyrsiflorus, Justicia thyrsiformis, Justicia thyrsiflora

Nongmangkha is a gregarious shrub, common in the Manipur valley. This plant has long orange-red tubular flowers, appearing in upright spikes at the end of branches. Leaves are ovoid to lance-like, with smooth margins. In Manipur, it is an extremely popular medicinal plant.
Medicinal uses: In Manipur, local people prefer it to Malabar Nut (Justicia adhatoda) It is useful for curing coughs, colds and asthma and is easy to administer. Flowers are antidote to pox, prevents skin diseases like sore, scabies etc.

Photographed in Imphal, Manipur
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