Crossandra nilotica


Images by Neha Singh (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

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Crossandra nilotica:  Crossandra nilotica is a small evergreen shrub of acanthaceae family.
Common name- Firecracker Plant
Plant habit- Shrub
Plant height- 1.5 feet - 2 feet.
Habitat- Wild

Location- Pune
Date-  7 th March 2011.

why not Crossandra infundibuliformis?

both the leaves and the flower of C. nilotica differ from Crossandra infundibuliformis.
For comparison I m posting both plant pics (in a new message).

 
 
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Crossandra nilotica and Crossandra infundibuliformis:  Here are the pics of both: Crossandra infundibuliformis and Crossandra nilotica for comparison.
... an observation: there is no much discussion on internet about Crossandra nilotica having naturalized OR growing wild in India.
NPGS/GRIN <http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?12274> puts its nativity to tropical (central and eastern) Africa.
Is it found anywhere else in our country?
Also you are right and because of this fact that " there is no much discussion on internet about Crossandra nilotica having naturalized OR growing wild in India "", I couldn't identify it then. (I referred FOI but it is not there).
By chance I found it's reference somewhere and identified it.
I found it growing by roadside among debris and wild plants in Warje, Pune.
I dunno what to make of it..whether it is getting naturalized here or it's just one exception.
So it's up to the experts here to judge all this.



 
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