Strobilanthes aurita J. R. I. Wood, Kew Bull. 50: 12 1995. (syn: Mackenziea caudata T. P. Ramamoorthy);

SW-India (Kerala, Karnataka) as per Catalogue of Life;


Subshrubs; branches terete, glabrous. Leaves 8-12 x 2-3 cm, elliptic, caudate acuminate, glabrous, entire; nerves 8 pairs. Spikes 1.5 x 2 cm axillary, solitary or 2-3 together, peduncled; peduncle 3 cm long; involucral bracts smaller than floral bracts, linear; floral bracts 20 x 2 mm, linear, obtuse, glandular-hairy; bracteoles 3, linear. Flowers few; calyx 7 mm long, lobes linear-oblong, hairy; corolla 22 mm long, blue, tube narrow at base, with two patches of hairs at throat; staminal sheath hairy. Fruits not seen.

Flowering and fruiting: September-December

Evergreen forests

India and Sri Lanka

(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal)




Images by Anurag N Sharma (Inserted by J.M.Garg)



Family: Acanthaceae
Date: 6th March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala
Habit: Herb

yes and many more to come right?

I discovered here that there more strobilanthes that I ever thought possible

Just the one, ma’am. 🙂

How ever I am sure there are plenty more to be discovered as the seasons progress!

I guess it looks different from Strobilanthes anceps !

I am not sure this is a Strobilanthes but not sure of other options in Kerala, such as Dyschoriste.

This is quite different from Strobilanthes anceps. It is S.aurita J.R.I.Wood. This species was previously confused with S.caudata T.And., but that species is considered a Sri Lankan endemic species now.

I think … has got this right. It looks as if it is Strobilanthes aurita.




References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1   IPNI  GBIF (High resolution specimens)   Flora of peninsular India India Biodiversity Portal   Kerala plants