Strobilanthes lanata Nees, Candolle, Prodr. 11: 191 (1847) (syn: Phlebophyllum lanatum (Nees) Bremek.; Strobilanthes gossypinus T. Anders.);
India (SW-Ghats) as per Catalogue of Life;

Erect shrubs, ca 1 m high; stems tetragonous, densely cottony-tomentose. Leaves opposite, ca 12 x 5 cm, broadly elliptic-ovate, acute or rounded at base, entire at margin, acute or acuminate with a twisted point at apex, coriaceous, glabrous above, sometimes silky when young or rarely when old leaves at base only, soft spreading floccose tawny woolly beneath; lateral nerves 10-13 pairs, parallel, curved upwards, impressed above, slightly raised beneath; petioles tetragonal, 2-5 cm long, dense-tomentose. Inflorescence spikes, axillary or terminal, usually single, rarely branched, uninterrupted, 4-8 cm long, with grey or tawny wool; bracts ovate or lanceolate, acute, ca 1.2 cm long, white-yellow-tomentose outside, glabrous and shining inside; bracteoles linear-oblong, ca 1 cm long, yellow-tomentose outside, glabrous inside. Calyx ca 1.2 cm long, divided ¾ downwards; tube ca 2 mm long; lobes linear, equal, ca 1 cm long, pubescent outside, glabrous and shining dark violet inside. Corolla infundibuliform, ca 3.5 cm long, pale blue; tube faintly curved, ca 7 mm long, gradually widening above, ca 2.8 cm long, 5-lobed; lobes orbicular, acute, ca 4 mm. Stamens 2; filaments ca 1.5 cm long, included, very hairy. Ovary ca 2 mm long, hairy above; style linear, ca 1.3 cm glabrous; stigma oblique. Capsules not reported.

Flowering and fruiting: November-April
Dry hill slopes
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Please help me to identify this shrub found in high altitudes of Nilgiris, near montane forests. Is this Strobilanthus sp.?
Height: 1 metre
Leaf: 8 cm long; leathery
Flower: 5cm long
Date: 17 Oct 2012
Place: Mukruti National Park, Nilgiris, TN
Alt: 2400 m asl

Seems to be Strobilanthes lanata (S. gossypina)

what a lovely shrub!!!

Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Strobilanthus lanatus :: MK MAR 010 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)

Name: Strobilanthes lanatus Nees

Family: Acanthaceae
Location: Mukruthi NP, Nilgiris
Alt.: 2300 m asl
Date: 14 Oct 2012

Is this ID right?

As per this site the ID is correct :


3 images.
ID the Strobilanthes species. Could be Strobilanthes lanata. Please confirm or suggest ID. Photographed in Coonoor (Nilgiri Hills). Date unknown. Received from a friend for ID.