Strobilanthes lupulina Nees, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 85 (1832) (syn: Nilgirianthus lupulinus (Nees) Bremek.; Ruellia bracteata Heyne; Ruellia involucrata Heyne ex Wall.; Ruellia lupulina Wall.; Strobilanthes asperrimus Dalz. & Gibs.; Strobilanthes dalzellii T. Anders. ex C. B. Cl.; Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees);   
India (E- to peninsular India), Sri Lanka as per Catalogue of life;
 
Karun Kurinji • Marathi: अकरा Akra • Tamil: கருங் குரிஞ்ஜி Karun Kurinji;
stroh-bil-AN-theez — cone flowerDave’s Botanary
lup-oo-LEE-nus or loo-poo-LEE-nus — resembling hops … Dave’s Botanary

Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India)
 

Stamens are 2 in N. reticulatus. All other species have 4 stamens.
Flowers are without bracteoles in 2 sp. out of which N. heyneanus has bracts glabrous or nearly so; whereas N. lupulinus has bracts hairy.  
 
In Flora of the Presidency of Bombay S. lupulinus is described to be without bracteoles though further describes the nature and dimensions of the bracts. Corolla of S. heyneanus has relatively constricted neck. For reference and comparison, corolla of S. heyneanus can be seen in … photo at Flowers of India

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Date / Time: 01 NOV 12 at 11:39 AMAltitude: 2348 ft asl
Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees … (family: Acanthaceae)
stroh-bil-AN-theez — cone flowerDave’s Botanary
lup-oo-LEE-nus or loo-poo-LEE-nus — resembling hops … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: hop-headed strobilanthes
Endemic to: Western Ghats (of India)
References: Flora of the Presidency of BombayTalbot Trees Bombay

Nice find and superb photographs. Toy train looking great..


 

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Nilgirianthus heyneanus (Nees) Bremek :  Attachments (2). 9 posts by 6 authors.

Date: 11/7/2010
Out skirts of Medikere town(Karnataka)

Wild Under shrub in the shola
Hill slope red soil
Flowering, pinkish bracts and calyx,

Uses not known


This is Strobilanthes lupulina [= Nilgirianthus lupulinus] not S. heyneanus


But Gamble says that S. luplnia the inflorescence is a hairy spike.


efi page on Strobilanthes lupulinus & Nilgirianthus heyneanus ?


Let us forget about the nomenclature.  The identity is correct.  I saw plenty of it during my posting in Pune.


Thanks, …, Strobilanthes lupulina or S. heyneanus ?


I prefer to call it as S.lupulina


Supporting …, Strobilanthes lupulinus



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Ornamental For ID : Flower Show,Mumbai : 160214 : AK-5 :  Attachments (4). 6 posts by 2 authors. 

A cultivated, potted plant seen at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan today. (16.2.14)

Id please.


Strobilanthes lupulina


Thanks a lot for the id. … picture of the same look different.
Kindly see this link.


You could be right. I probably missed out the open flowers.


Both are same only


 

 

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ANSEPT37 Please validate if Nilgirianthus lupulinus : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).
Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
13th September 2014


I am not very familiar with these.
Similar ones posted by me were identified as Strobilanthes lupulina by …


Yes it is Strobilanthes lupuliina


 

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Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees
at Matheran on November 1, 2012  


NIce pitctures … S. lupulina


Thank you very much … I needed validation for this ID.


 

 

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Attached are pictures of Strobilanthes lupulina captured at Jijamata Udyan, Flower Show in February 2014.
Requested to please validate the ID… 

 

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It is my pleasure to share few images of Strobilanthes lupulinus  (Acanthaceae) said to be endemic to the Western Ghats. The species is known to exhibit ‘Masting’….flowering after prolonged intervals of say about 6-8 years.  

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Moist deciduous forest fringe.   

Sighting: Kuduremukha, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1400 msl 

Date: 20-08-2014


 

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Betweeen Kakkabbe-Nalnad and Thadiandamol, coorg, Part of western ghats, Karnataka- Sep 03 2009; Kurinji flowers from Kakkabbe forest hill ranges – indiantreepix | Google Groups

 
Acanthaceae Week: Karun Kurinji flowers Strobilanthus lupulina from Kakkabbe forest hill: Came across these purple blooms in the forest hills of Kakkabbe-Nalnad. They appear to be a Karun  Kurinji flowers Strobilanthus lupulina.
Syn Strobilanthes heyneanus
(The famed Nila-kurinji Strobilanthes kunthiana flowers are by nature plietesials – blooms once in 12 years. )  
Native Shrub
http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Karun%20Kurinji.html    
Habitat Forest hills, forest path,
Place: Betweeen Kakkabbe-Nalnad and Thadiandamol, coorg, Part of western ghats, Karnataka
Date: Sep 03 2009 

wonderful… never saw the blue flowers… that turn the hills blue, is what I have been told… a sight to  see…
I am hoping to train for the hills by the time the next  show comes along…

in the meantime I’ll enjoy these… 

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Garugi (Kurinji) flower plant- drenched with the monsoon rain: Even in October, Agumbe and the entire western ghats belt was drenched with the monsoon rain. No sooner we started trekking to the Barkana falls situated within the Agumbe rain forest, than it started pouring. Similar to the lantana, the Garugi (Gurugi), (Kurinji ) flower plant blooms, inundating the forest paths. But these flowers are beneficial for when in bloom (Once in 5-7 years?), they are known to attract bees in very large numbers. And there is a bumper honey yield that year. Unfortunately, the honey bees are known to die in India from a disease called fowl brood.
    As we trekked, the 15 feet wide forest path got narrowed down to a feet or two thanks to the wild vegetation. In fact, many a time we were reduced to crawling to navigate the Garugi plants in the darkness. But the upside of our adventure was to see  the rain drops prettily perched on the flowers – as if the stars had come down to earth! But be warned that there are some risks too – this is leech country and we witnessed a snake (cobra ?) -just in front of us crossing the narrow path and after reaching a safe bush top staring at us!  One does come across carnivore scat here and there…

Strobilanthus lupulina Syn Strobilanthes heyneanus (To be Validated)
ACANTHACEAE
Agumbe, Shimoga district,
18 Oct 2010


Great trail through the Garugi forest sir. thank you
what is that shit? dropings? which animal?


I was told by the local guide, the scat could be that of a Tiger.


Obviously it is the scat of a large carnivore…

– it could be the scat of a tiger or a leopard, but large cats generally leave scratch marks around and tend to cover their scat with soil or leaves.

– it could also be the scat of a Hyena, Dhole [Wild Dog], Wolf or even a Sloth Bear.


For me it is Nilgirianthus heyneanussunder shrubs in almost entire westernghats of karnataka -Iruppu, brahmagiri, kodachadri, jog falls, uttarakannada

in Kodachadri it is everywhere.


This is without doubt Strobilanthes lupulina


Names of Plants in India :: Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees: via Species‎ > ‎S‎ > ‎ Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees … (family: Acanthaceae)

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
stroh-bil-AN-theez — cone flowerDave’s Botanary
lup-oo-LEE-nus or loo-poo-LEE-nus — resembling hopsDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: hop-headed strobilanthes
botanical names: Strobilanthes lupulinus Nees … synonyms: no synonym known
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Photographed at Matheran, Maharshtra on 01 NOV 12
Many thanks to … for the ID.

Thanks for sharing wonderful pictures of an uncommon (Not posted on the group) Acanthaceae member
It just prompted me to go through the key of Strobilanthes (Earlier or what BSI Flora mentions as Nilgirianthus)
Stamens are 2 in N. reticulatus. All other species have 4 stamens.
Flowers are without bracteoles in 2 sp. out of which N. heyneanus has bracts glabrous or nearly so; whereas N. lupulinus has bracts hairy. These characters must be there in your specimens though I couldn’t see them clearly.


Many thanks … for validating the ID.
Both the plants (lupulinus and heyneanus) could be close; however a point mentioned in Talbot’s The Trees, Shrubs and Wood-Climbers of the Bombay Presidency: the bracts in these two plants are quite different — is noteworthy.
In the posted plant, the bracts resemble hops, the stem and branches are woody and warty. These two aspects and … guidance convinced me of the ID. I am not sure of the glabrous / hairy aspect.
In Flora of the Presidency of Bombay S. lupulinus is described to be without bracteoles though further describes the nature and dimensions of the bracts. I am not sure I can distinguish between bracts and bracteoles. Corolla of S. heyneanus has relatively constricted neck. In the posted plant the corolla tube does not look constricted. For reference and comparison, corolla of S. heyneanus can be seen in … photo at Flowers of India. Nature of bracts also can be seen here.
Further validation is welcome; will stand corrected.


Thanks for further inputs. It will definitely help in exploring further when one encounters similar flowers in the field. The Karvi season is due in coming years.


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Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: January 11, 2020 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl
Strobilanthes lupulina  Nees
Many thanks to Maria Cineola Fernandes for help with the ID … facebook.

 
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