Strobilanthes auriculata

Strobilanthes auriculata Nees in Wallich, Pl. Asiat. Rar. 3: 86. 1832. (Syn: Perilepta auriculata (Nees) Bremekamp; P. edgeworthiana (Nees) Bremekamp; P. siamensis (C. B. Clarke) Bremekamp; Strobilanthes auriculata var. edgworthiana (Nees) C. B. Clarke; S. auriculata var. siamensis C. B. Clarke; S. edgeworthiana Nees; S. siamensis C. B. Clarke.) as per Flora of China

Strobilanthes auriculatus Nees (syn: Justicia auriculata Wall. ex Nees; Perilepta amplectens (Nees) Bremek.; Perilepta auriculata (Nees) Bremek.; Perilepta edgeworthiana (Nees) Bremek.; Perilepta plumulosa (Nees) Bremek.; Perilepta venusta (Craib) Bremek.; Ruellia amplectens Wall. ex Nees; Ruellia auriculata Wall.; Strobilanthes amplectens Nees; Strobilanthes auriculata var. bracteolata C. B. Clarke; Strobilanthes auriculatus var. edgeworthianus (Nees) C. B. Cl.; Strobilanthes auriculatus var. plumulosa Nees; Strobilanthes edgeworthianus Nees; Strobilanthes plumulosus Nees; Strobilanthes trichophorus C. E. C. Fischer; Strobilanthes venustus Craib) as per Catalogue of Life;

China (Yunnan, Guangxi), India (C-, E-, N- & NE-India, Subtropical Himalayas, Upper Gangetic Plains), Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (widespread), Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh as per Catalogue of Life;

Eared Leaf Strobilanthes • Hindi: Kapur mingar, Pandai • Manipuri: Koutruk lei • Mizo: Ramting • Tamil: Chinna kurinji, Ankaravalli;
   

 
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Hairy looking blue flower for Id : Attachments (2). 14 posts by 7 authors.
I have seen this flower growing in the creeks of the dried river bed & close to the nallah in MP
It grows up to 2 to 2.5 ft in a creeping way but the flower always upwards, it grows from March till April. I am pretty sure that it is not nilgonda.    
... some species of Strobilanthes ?
Thanks for the reply. I went through net & all I could find close is in the unidentified flower list & it is named koutruk lei in flowersofindia. I have no idea what it is ? Please help!!!  
............looks like Perilepta auriculata from Acanthaceae
Thanks for trying but it did not match. I went through The flowers of India & I found it in the list of unidentified flowers. Would you please help me identify it.
Thanks ... I have little more information regarding the flower. In the flowersofindia this flower is unidentified & in the details it says that it flowers once in nine years which could be true but I have been seeing it flowering for two to three years in the same spot & it is exactly the same flower shown in the unidentified pics. of flowersofindia.
The plant in the attached photo is Strobilanthes quadrifaria (Wall. ex Nees) belonging to the family Acanthaceae. In the Flowers of India site it has been put under the unidentifies section calling it "Kortuk Lei" in Manipuri.
  The flower at FOI, named Koutruk Lei, has proved to be really difficult to identify, simply because not much was known to us apart from this poor quality picture taken at a flower show, where the claim about the long flowering period was mentioned (has not been verified). Dimple's plant looks to me the same as what we have - so I am happy to have clear photographs and more info on it.
   I was very excited at first, to know that this has been identified. However,  in your description, the flowers are 2-2.8 cm long, and the bracts are 2 cm long, lanceshaped. So, the bracts are nearly as long as the flowers. On the other hand, in Dimple's pics, the bracts (forming spikes of overlapping green bracts)  are much smaller than the flowers, and are roundish or heart-shaped in shape.
   I am attaching a drawing of Strobilanthes quadrifaria for comparison. So, to me it appears that this should be some other species of Strobilanthes.
    I should also mention that the genus Strobilanthes has many species with long gaps between flowering - Kurinji and Karvy are two well-known examples.

Here is the reply which i had received from Mr J.R.I. wood (John Wood), Oxford.
"Plant is Strobilanthes auriculata. Note broad bracts covered in long hairs and sessile leaves.
A very nice photo!.
I hope it will be Strobilanthes auriculatus and not S auriculata.
The correct name is indeed Strobilanthes auriculata, according to International Plant Names Index. Strobilanthes auriculatus is not anaccepted name.
I myself was planning to write to JRI Wood, seeing that he is an expert on Strobilanthes species. You already did that, he identified it without expressing any doubt. It must be the right ID. I haven't been able to get a description of this species yet.


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AKNOV02 Strobilanthes auriculata from Dehradun : 12 posts by 8 authors. 5 images.
Found this beautiful flowering of Strobilanthes auriculata in a Hill Sal Forest close to FRI, Dehradun , Nov 2014. The flowers as well as the leaves had a nice aroma. 

i am amazed at how many stribolanthes are there in India!!
Very good upload 
Yes. It is Strobilathes auriculata. The spikes on maturity of seeds yield essential oil, which smelle like camphor oil, hence it is named as Kapurminjar in Kangra & Mandi. 
People in the  lower areas of Himachal use the essential oil exuding from spikes for eye problems.
Nice Pictures and very useful information. Just wanted to know its flowering pattern. Does this species flower every year or once in few (?) years?
U.N. Kanjilal in his 'Forest Flora of the Chakrata, Dehra Dun and Saharanpur Forest Divisions' does not talk about this Strobilanthes flowering in long intervals, he mentions its Flowering period to be Nov.- March, however eflora of China says it is known to be pliestesial in some parts of its range. http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=242425784


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ANNOV43 Strobilanthes auriculata : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (9)
Dehra Dun
31st October 2014

Excellent set of photographs..

Fwd: [itpmods:12788] Distribution : 8 posts by 3 authors.
Distribution of strobilanthus auriculata plant in india

Catalogue of Life gives its range as below:
China (Yunnan, Guangxi), India (C-, E-, N- & NE-India, Subtropical Himalayas, Upper Gangetic Plains), Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (widespread), Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Bangladesh 
And what about distrbution in himachal pardesh
As it says, Northern India, it should be available.
Strobilanthes auriculata is present in Himachal Pradesh, i have seen its plants during flowering (in February) in Hamirpur district and Sarkaghat region of Mandi district.
Can u plz help me to find out altitude variation in districts of himachal, where it occurs?
It used to occur in Sarkaghat area of H.P. (seen 10-12 years ago). It is locally known as कपूर मिंजरPeople used to put the viscous exudate of the inflorescence in their eyes for various ailments
 
 
 
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