Exacum anamallayanum Bedd., Icon. Pl. Ind. Or. 1: 33 1870. (Syn: Exacum atropurpureum var. anamallayanum (Bedd.) C.B.Clarke); 
 


Shrubs, stem terete, lenticellate. Leaves opposite, to 5 x 3 cm, broadly ovate, acute, base clasping the stem, coriaceous, margins thickened, 5-ribbed from the base, sessile. Cymes terminal and axillary ; pedicels stout, 1 cm long; calyx winged, tube 4 mm, lobes 5 mm, acute; corolla tube 8 mm, lobes 2 x 0.7 cm, obovate, many nerved, apiculate; stamens 5, filaments 5 mm; ovary many ovuled, 7 mm, style 2 cm, stigma, globose.

Flowering and fruiting: March-May
Evergreen and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)

Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)


  


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Exacum anamallayanum :

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Beautiful close-up. Probably an endemic of the area.


Thanks … for all those nice photographs of the Gentians!!

Indeed the members of Gentianaceae are very beautiful wild ornamental plants worth introduction to gardens. Is anybody doing such work?


 
 
   

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