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Sahyadri Barleria   
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Sahyadri Barleria
P Native Photo: Sushant More
Common name: Sahyadri Barleria
Botanical name: Barleria sahyadrica    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Sahyadri Barleria is a much branched, erect shrub, up to 2 m tall, laxly branched from base. It is similar to Spiny Barleria, but differ in terms of its erect habit with more than 1 m high (not creeping up to 50 cm high), 2-4 thorns per node (not 4-8 thorns per node), ovate to oblong-elliptic leaves (not linear-lanceshaped), presence of distinct 0.5-1.2 cm long leaf-stalk (not stalkless to nearly so, 0-0.2 cm long), 6-6.7 cm long larger flowers (not 3.2-3.5 cm long), 4.5-5.8 cm long staminal filaments (not 1.4-1.7 cm long) and yellow (not brown) anthers. Sahyadri Barleria grows in crevices of basalt rocks at higher elevations usually above 700 m in moist deciduous forests especially on eastern escarpments of Sahyadris. Flowering: October-February.

Identification credit: Milind Sardesai Photographed in Machal, Vishalgad, Maharashtra.

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