Santapau's Justicia
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Santapau's Justicia
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Santapau's Justicia
Botanical name: Justicia santapaui     Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Justicia montana, Justicia andersonii

Erect herbs or undershrubs. Leaves opposite, elliptic-lanceolate, apex acute, narrowed at base, petiole 1-4 cm long. Flowers clustered in paniculate spikes 15-35 cm, at the end of branches. Lower cluster are farther apart from each other as compared to the upper ones. Flowers to 2.5 cm long, white, with pink streaks. Sepals 5, lance-like, hairy. Flowers 2-lipped, velvet-hairy; tube to 1 cm long ; 3-lobed ; Stamens 2 ; filaments dilated below, anther cells unequal, spurred. Ovary 2-locule ; ovules 2 in each locule ; style erect, hairy below ; stigma bilobed. Capsule 2.5 cm long, clavate, pubescent ; seeds 4, rugose. Flowering: December-February.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale
Photographed in Maharashtra.
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