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
Evergreen forests
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–-l/a/acanthaceae/strobilanthes

I got the lead from the book titled Kurinji Field Guide by Pradeep A.K..
ID : Strobilanthes urceolaris.
Family: Acanthaceae

Also, Refer to following link:
… 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
Eravikulam WLS
First week of October 2018
According to

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.

Strobilanthes urceolaris 
Pitcher Coneflower/ Panjikkurinji
Family – Acanthaceae
It is an endangered (IUCN) species of Strobilanthes found in Nilgiri hills.
Photographed at Ooty, Tamil Nadu 
Dated – 12January2019


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