Mal Karvy
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Mal Karvy
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Mal Karvy • Marathi: टोपली कारवी topli karvi, माळ कारवी mal karvi
Botanical name: Strobilanthes sessilis var. ritchei    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Pleocaulus ritchei

Mal Karvy is a small perennial shrub, usually half a meter tall, but after the flowering year, grows to 2 m tall. Numerouis quadrangular stems form a hemispherical tuft on the ground. Oppositely arranged stalkless leaves are ovate, rounded at the base, 2-3 cm long. Purple flowers occur in spikes 3-8 cm long, either in leaf axils or at the end of branches. Bristly bracts are 2 cm long, with long hairs, and tinged with purple. Flowers are bell-shaped with flaring petals. Stamens are 6 in number, and remain inside the flower. It flowers once in 7 years! Flower: October-November.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed at Kas plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.

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