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Came across this small prostrate herb at Vadodara (28-10-09).
Flowers are whitish colour and resembles flowers of Justicia..
Leaves were hairy.
it is a Rostellularia species–Acanthaceae
I hope the plant is ……………
Rostellularia adscendens (R.Br.) R.M.Barker [because of the hirsute nature of the plant visible in the photograph]
Synonyms: Justicia procumbens L.
Description: Ascending herb, usually 10–50 cm high, usually ± pubescent; lower branches often with woody base.
Leaves mostly oblong to ± ovate, 5–30 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, with large curved cystoliths perpendicular to midrib and often smaller curved cystoliths between.
Spikes 1–5 cm long, dense, sometimes interrupted at base; bracts ovate, 3–5.5 mm long, usually with hairs on apical half of margins and on green parts. Calyx 5–7 mm long, green. Corolla 4–10 mm long, with 2 longitudinal folds with darker striations.
Capsule mostly 5–7 mm long, glabrous or sometimes pubescent in upper half.