Eranthemum roseum

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Eranthemum roseum (Vahl) R. Br.
  • Synonyms : Daedalacanthus roseus (Vahl) T. Anderson, Justicia rosea Vahl
  • Common Name : Rosy Eranthemum, Blue Eranthemum
  • Plant Family : Acanthaceae
  • Plant Form : Shrub
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Eranthemum roseum Plant :

  • Habit : A shrub.
  • Leaves : Upper leaves smaller but fewer oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, long, main nerves 9-11 pairs, petiolate.
  • Inflorescence : Spikes, subinterruped, lax axillary.
  • Flowers :
    • Bracteate, bracts obovate, obtuse, white with green hairs, bracteoles narrowly linear, acute, densely clothed on the back and ciliate with long white hairs.
    • Calyx white pubescent, scarious, lobes lanceolate, acute, with strong midrib.
    • Corolla tube slender, lobes oblong obovate, truncate at the apex.
    • Filaments glabrous.
  • Fruit :
    • Capsules glabrous, pointed.
    • Seeds much compressed.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : October onwards.
  • Significance :
    • The spindle-shaped, tuberous root of the plant boiled in milk is a popular remedy for leucorrhoea.
    • The root is also given to pregnant cattle to promote the growth of the foetus.