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This is a long shot, but I wondered if you might be able to help me identify this plant in the bottom plane, sketched by Edward Lear in the 1870s in the Nigiri mountains.
He describes the lavender blue flowers and the height as generally 5-6 feet up to 8 -10 feet.
Though the images are not clear, apparently look likes Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthiana) from Acanthaceae. Could not able to trace middle illustration.
Thanks, … Details are not clear in this small size image. Pl. post a bigger size image.
Thank you so much for your reply.
This link should take you to the Harvard library page where the image can be blown up on screen.
I cannot download a larger on unfortunately.
Strobilanthes kunthiana doesn’t seem to grow as tall as Lear suggested.