Manipur Coneflower
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Manipur Coneflower
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rajshree
Common name: Manipur Coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes recurva    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Manipur Coneflower is a rare, softly velvet-hairy undershrub about 1.5 foot tall. Leaves are ovate, pointed, rounded toothed, the lower ones longer stalked. Flowers are purple, tubular-trumpet-shaped, 1.25 inch long, nearly straight. They are borne in loose cylindrical spikes, continuous, 5 cm long, 1.2 cm wide, with the tips of the bracts visibly recurved. Sepal-cup is 5-parted with linear segments, tips dilated, glandular-hairy. Bracts are broadly ovate in outline, almost stalkless, persistent, green, covered with glandular hairs, fringed with hairs. Bracteoles are small linear. Capsules are about 1.2 cm long, hairy at tip; seeds 4, hairy. Manipur Coneflower is found in NE India and Bangladesh, notably in Manipur and Nagaland. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: John Wood Photographed in Leimaram, Manipur.

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