Hemigraphis latebrosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

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  • Botanical Name : Hemigraphis latebrosa (Roth.) Nees.
  • Synonyms : Ruellia latebrosa Roth.
  • Common Name : Shade Loving Hemigraphis, Fulki
  • Plant Family : Acanthaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Hemigraphis latebrosa Plant :

  • Habit : An annualherb with slender stem covered with soft white hairs with branches procumbent.
  • Stem : Densely white-hairy.
  • Leaves : Opposite, ovate, crenate-serrate, apex acute or acuminate, base cuneate, bulbous based hairs on both sides, petiolate.
  • Inflorescence : Axillary or terminal capitate spikes.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, bracts elliptic-oblong, 1-nerved, long-hairy, ciliate, hairs sometimes gland-tipped.
    • Calyx 5-lobed, free near to the base, lobes unequal, ciliate, sparsely glandular-hairy, larger lobe oblong-linear, other 4-lobes linear.
    • Corolla blue, funnel-shaped, tube broad above, lobes unequal, rounded.
    • Stamens 4, didynamous, included, longer filaments bearded in the upper part, anther cells oblong.
    • Ovary 2-loculed, hairy, style thickened below the blunt stigma.
  • Fruit : Capsule linear-oblong, minutely pubescent with seeds 6, yellowish-white, compressed, hairy.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : November - March