Barleria courtallica Nees, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 4: t. 1529 1850. (Syn: Barleria inaequalis Benth.; Barleria nutans Nees);
Images by Anurag N. Sharma



Subshrubs, branchlets glabrous. Leaves 15-20 x 6-8 cm, elliptic, apex acuminate, base attenuate, glabrous, nerves 7-9 pairs; petiole 1-4 cm long. Spike 3-10 cm long; bracts and bracteoles similar, 5 mm long, lanceolate. Flowers closely packed; outer sepals 18-20 x 6.5 mm, elliptic, acuminate, pubescent; inner sepals 15 mm long, linear, acuminate, hairy; corolla 4-5 cm long, tube and throat yellow or white; lobes 1.5 cm long, obovate, blue; filaments villous at base. Capsule 2.3 x 0.9 cm, elliptic, glabrous; seeds 4, 5 x 5 mm, orbicular, hairy, brown.

Flowering and fruiting: January-May
Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests
Western Ghats
Peninsular India (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi



Acanthaceae fortnight ANMAR01/20 Barleria courtallica : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (20) 
Family: Acanthaceae
Date: 6th March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala
Habit: Herb

very nice

Thank you ma’am.
While we were trekking through the forest and found this herb, the forest guard told us that this was the point of transition from a deciduous to a semi evergreen forest. He mentioned this in passing. After I came back home and identified this plant, I read that this plant is in fact found at the confluence of the above two types of forest! Very nice when something like that is practically observed.

what a nice story of human interest along with biology/botany lesson, thanks …
indeed its encouraging to think that the guard knew this titbit, may he is an educated person (if book learning, fine, if personal reading and knowledge accumulating the better, i.e. a self taught individual that’s even better) … nice that you met him… did you take his pictures, would be handy when you grow up and write your memories of trekking and personalities you met while trekking hiking exploring etc.
or even in some papers or essays while young

That is a lovely idea ma’am. Will do that when I meet him next (which is soon).

He is a terrific person. Knows the forests there inside out. He is in charge of keeping a vigil throughout the night on alternate days in the sanctuary throughout the year. The purpose is to light fires which drive away the elephants that approach the river at the border of the sanctuary to cross over to the village beyond the river.

In fact, we met him on a butterfly survey where he was finding caterpillars for us that were hidden in ways one can scarcely imagine! His name is Biju. An exciting character who has trekked to various passes in the Himalayas because he had some contacts while working as  as a chef in Delhi. He was later working in Bangalore at a 5 star hotel when he got this job in Kerala.

good, look forward to such botany lessons from you and Biju and much more life learning

sounds very interesting



Its a small Shrub seen en-route Jog Falls (Karnataka).
Bot. name: Barleria courtallica
Family:   Acanthaceae



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Barleria courtallica seen at Anshi Ghat.
Family : Acanthaceae.

very nice, … am glad to see new cases being still found in your files. love it



Barleria courtallica :: Makutta Ghat :: 24 FEB 2017 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.

Makutta Ghat Karnataka
Date: 24 FEB 2017 … Elevation range: ~ 87 – 263 m (288 – 865 ft) asl
Barleria courtallica Nees … (family: Acanthaceae) 

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