Strobilanthes urceolaris Gamble, Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 74 1923. (syn: Nilgirianthus urceolaris (Gamble) Bremek.);
India (SW-Ghats (Kerala, Tamil Nadu)) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Pitcher Coneflower • Malayalam: പന്ജിക്കുരിന്ജീ Panjikkurinji
Shrubs; branchlets densely hirtus. Leaves to 9 x 5 cm, ovate, acute at either ends, densely scabrous, crenate, nerves 7-8 pairs; petiole 3 cm long. Spikes 1.5-2 cm long, ovoid, 5-8-together on short lateral branches; bracts 8 x 4 mm, obovate, densely hirtus; bracteoles linear, hirtus. Flowers few; calyx lobes 9 mm long, linear, united above the base, densely hairy; corolla 17 mm long, glabrous, blue or white; filaments paired, united into two sheaths; style hairy. Capsule 10 mm long, glabrous; seeds 4 x 3 mm, oblong, brown.
Flowering and fruiting: April-May
Southern Western Ghats
(attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Strobilanthes sp. from Munnar -PKA3 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 800 kb each.
Seen this Strobilanthes Shrub at Shola forest near Munnar, Kerala.
Shrub was around 5 to 6 ft in height.
Could this be Strobilanthes urceolaris??
You can also check comparative images if you find a match at
I got the lead from the book titled Kurinji Field Guide by Pradeep A.K..
Also, Refer to following link: https://www.keralatourism.org/neelakurinji/photo-gallery/strobilanthes-urceolaris/764
… has validated this ID..
I think this is probably Strobilanthes urceolaris but I have not seen pictures of it before
Strobilanthes for Identification, mm 22102018 1 : 9 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
Strobilanthes, hopefully, for Identification
First week of October 2018
https://www.keralatourism.org/neelakurinji/photo-gallery/strobilanthes-urceolaris/764 these flowers might be Strobilanthes urceolaris. but these flowers are completey different according to according to https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/species/a—l/a/acanthaceae/strobilanthes/strobilanthes-urceolaris
I guess it is matching !
If you examine closely, you will find all of them as same.
Many thanks fot the confirmation and appreciation
Strobilanthes urceolaris submission : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5) – around 600 kb each.
Pitcher Coneflower/ Panjikkurinji
Family – Acanthaceae
It is an endangered (IUCN) species of Strobilanthes found in Nilgiri hills.
Photographed at Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Dated – 12January2019
Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 IPNI