Glandularia pulchella

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Glandularia pulchella (Sweet) Tronc
  • Synonyms : Verbena pulchella Sweet
  • Common Name : Moss Verbena, South American Mock Vervain
  • Plant Family : Verbenaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Sectors) : 5
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Glandularia pulchella Plant :

  • Habit : A perennial trailing herb.
  • Stem : Decumbent, cylindrical, at times rooting at the nodes, quadrangular, less hairy, mostly woody at the base.
  • Leaves : Ovate-triangular, Highly dissected into lobes, trilobed, roughly haired on both the surfaces
  • Inflorescence : Head-like terminal spikes.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, bracts green, ovate-lanceolate, half the length of calyx.
    • Calyx tubular, 5-toothed, densely whitish covered with hairs.
    • Corolla variously coloured from white to purple-lilac, purple, dark pink, reddish purple, whitish. Corolla tube hairy inside the throat, 5-lobed.
    • Anthers with appendaged connectives.
  • Fruit : Inconspicuous
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - April
  • Significance : Widely cultivated as a garden ornamental plant.