Ceylon Staurogyne
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Ceylon Staurogyne
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Ceylon Staurogyne
Botanical name: Staurogyne zeylanica    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Ebermaiera zeylanica, Erythracanthus elongatus

Ceylon Staurogyne is a plant with short erect stem and trailing velvet-hairy branches. Leaves are elliptic, 3 inches long, 1 inch wide, somewhat blunt, narrowed at the base. Leaf-stalk is 1-1.5 cm. Flowers are borne in 1-2 inches long, dense cylindric spikes. Bracts are obovate, slightly longer than the flowers. Flowers are 6-8 mm long, pinkish white. Four sepals are linear, rather shorter than the bracts, and the fifth one is rather broader, linear somewhat pointed. Ceylon Staurogyne is found in peninsular India. Flowering: January-April.

Identification credit: Shrikant Ingalhalikar
Photographed along Chorla Ghat near Choraundem, Goa.
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