Persian Shield
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Persian Shield
P Introduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Persian Shield, Burmuda coneflower
Botanical name: Strobilanthes auriculatus var. dyeriana    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Strobilanthes dyerianus, Strobilanthes maclellandi

Persian shield, native to Burma, is a soft-stemmed, tropical, evergreen shrub or subshrub that is grown primarily for its attractive iridescent purple leaves. It grows 3-4 ft tall. The plant has ovate-lanceshaped dark green leaves, up to 20 cm long, that are flushed with silvery-purple iridescence above and dark purple beneath. Spikes of tiny violet 5-lobed funnel-shaped flowers, appear in short cone-shaped inflorescences. thus giving rise to the less frequently used common name of Burmuda coneflower.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in Solan, Himachal Pradesh.

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