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4. Lepidagathis fasciculata (Retz.) Nees in Wall., Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3:95. 1832. T. Anders in J. Linn. Soc. Bot. 9:498. 1865; Beddome, Icon. Pl. Ind. Or. t. 228. 1874; Clarke in Hook. f., l.c. 522; Cooke, Fl. Pres. Bomb. 2:476. 1906; Stewart in Nasir & Ali, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashm. 677. 1972; Rani & Mathew in Mathew, Fl. Tamilnadu Carnatic 3(1): 1191. 1983.


  • Ruellia fasciculata Retz.

    A prostrate herb with 4-angled, softly pubescent twigs. Leaves with 0.4-2.5 cm long petioles; lamina ovate lanceolate or ovate-elliptic to obovate, 3-9 x 1-3 cm, pointed at both ends, margins crenate, ± pubescent on both sides. Flowers white, in terminal and axillary, soft hairy, upto 4 cm long spikes; bracts ovate or elliptic-ovate, 7-12 x 4-6 mm, 3-nerved, acute; bracteoles ovate-lanceolate, shorter than bracts. Calyx 5-lobed, lobes unequal, not sharp-tipped, softly appressed hairy, outer 2 ovate-lanceolate, longest, inner 2 lobes linear. Corolla pubescent outside, tube c. 4 mm long, upper lip shorter than the lower, 2-lobed, lower lip c. 6 mm long, with 3 obtuse lobes. Stamens included. Ovary globose with c. 4.5 mm long style. Capsule oblong, c. 6 mm long, hairy at the tip, 4-seeded. Seeds suborbicular, c. 1.5 mm across.

    Fl. Per.: November-April.

    Type: “Habitat in nemorosis prope thermas Trinquemallenses Zeylonae”, Konig.

    Distribution: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Bangla Desh and Burma.

    Reported from C-7 Murree hills by Stewart (l.c.), but the authors have not seen any specimen.


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