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Prostrate Lepidagathis
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Prostrate Lepidagathis
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Prostrate Lepidagathis
Botanical name: Lepidagathis prostrata    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Prostrate Lepidagathis is a rigid prostrate undershrub with woody rootstock, with 4-angled stems 15-25 cm long. Stalkless leaves, 2.5 × 0.8 cm, are plicate, rigid, oblong-lanceshaped with pointed tip. Flowers are simple, erect, velvet-hairy spikes, 2-5 cm, usually at branch-ends on short lateral rising up branches. Flowers are pinkish about 2 cm long. Bracts are 1 cm long, spiny, nerved, glandular hairy. Capsules are ovoid-lanceshaped, hairless, 2-seeded. Prostrate Lepidagathis is commonly found on laterite rocks in Western Ghats.

Identification credit: Sushant More Photographed in Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.

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