Barleria cristata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Barleria cristata L.
  • Synonyms : Barleria alba Lodd.
  • Common Name : Gokran, Crested Philippine violet, Vajradanti
  • Plant Family : Acanthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Barleria cristata Plant :

  • Habit : A small herb, hairy at the nodes.
  • Leaves : Opposite, entire, elliptic - oblong, acute, hairy, base tapering.
  • Inflorescence : Spikes
  • Flowers :
    • In dense spikes, bracteoles prominent, linear.
    • Calyx of 4 unequal sepals white.Corolla blue, funnel-shaped, lobes 5, unequal.
    • Stamens 4, only 2 fertile, disk cup-like.Ovary bicelled, 4 ovuled.
  • Fruit : Capsule
  • Seeds : 4
  • Flowering and Fruiting time : December to January