Shooting Star
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Shooting Star
ntroduced elliptic Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Shooting Star, Star Flower, Purple False Erantheum, Dazzler • Manipuri: ꯈꯣꯢꯔꯥ ꯂꯩ Khoira lei
Botanical name: Pseuderanthemum laxiflorum    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Shooting star is a beautiful garden plant, native probably to tropical America. In outline, the short tubular 1 in diameter five-petaled flowers resemble stars, hence the common name Shooting Stars, although sometimes the top two petals on corollas are partially fused creating an allusion of a four-part appearance; flowers occur in loose clusters; the botanical name laxiflorum means loose-flowered. Flowering occurs essentially year-round in the tropics and from spring to frost in cooler climates; in addition to their attractive appearance, flowers can entice bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies to visit.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke Photographed in Delhi & Imphal.

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