Smooth Gymnostachyum   
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Smooth Gymnostachyum
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Smooth Gymnostachyum
Botanical name: Gymnostachyum glabrum    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Cryptophragmium glabrum

Smooth Gymnostachyum is an undershrub found in Western Ghats, with stems nearly hairless. Leaves are ovate or elliptic, 17 x 6-7 cm, on 1.8 cm long stalks, narrowed at both ends, wavy toothed. Flowers are borne in panicles at the top, fascicled on the spikes. Flower are 1.5 cm, stalkless, sepals 5 mm, nearly linear, hairy. Bracts are linear. Flowers are minutely velvet-hairy, white purple-spotted in the throat. Capsule is 1.8-2 cm long.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed North Karnataka.
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