Lepidagathis spinosa Wight ex Nees, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 97 1832. (syn: Acanthus mucronatus Heyne ex C. B. Cl.; Barleria spinosa Wall.)?;
India (S-India) as per Catalogue of Life;

Herbs, straggling and procumbent, scarcely pubescent. Leaves opposite, 2-3.5 x 1-1.5 cm, lanceolate, entire, mucronate, pubescent on both surfaces; lateral nerves 4-6 pairs, spiny at the tip of the leaf; petiole 0.5-1.5 cm.. Inflorescence terminal or axillary clusters, a bunch contain 6-9 spikes, ca 2 x 0.5 cm, compact; bracts 0.3-0.4 x 0.1-0.2 cm, lanceolate, pointed, glandular with hirsute hairs on the surface; bracteoles membraneous, white coloured with brownish tip, acuminate 0.4- 0.5 x 0.1- 0.2 cm. Calyx 5, fused, one is slightly larger than the others, 0.5-0.7 x 0.2 cm, lanceolate, acuminate, glandular and hairy on the margin. Corolla bilipped, white with dark pubescent pink spots on the 3 lobes and small pink dots on the central lobe, glandular hairs on the corolla tube and the petal lobes. Stamens 4, didynamous 0.2 and 0.1 cm long, anther lobes ca. 0.1 cm. Fruit in an ellipsoidal capsule, glabrous pointed tip, ca. 0.4 x 0.2 cm; seeds 2 glabrous orbicular.

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



Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1 (unresolved) IPNI  GBIF  BSI Flora of India checklist  India Biodiversity Portal  Kerala plants  florakarnataka 

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