Strobilanthes gracilis

Strobilanthes gracilis Bedd. (syn: Mackenziea gracilis (Bedd.) Bremek.; Strobilanthes beddomei T. Anders.);

India (SW-Ghats (Kerala,Tamil Nadu)) as per Catalogue of Life

Common name: Slender Coneflower • Malayalam: Thokakurinji

Thick shrubs; stems obtusely quadrangular, glabrous. Leaves 12-15 x 4-6 cm, elliptic, decurrent and auricled at base, acuminate at apex, serrate; lateral nerves 6-7 pairs; petiole 3-5 cm long. Spikes panicled, terminal and upper axillary; bracts 7 x 2 mm, oblanceolate, glandular hairy. Flowers 1-3 in a spike; sepals 9 x 1.5 mm, tube 1 mm long, lobes oblanceolate; corolla 30 mm long; tube narrow below, ventricose above, hairy; staminal filaments hairy. Capsule 14 x 7 mm, elliptic, compressed; seeds 3.5 x 3 mm, orbicular, flat.
Flowering and fruiting: April-June
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Strobilanthes gracilis at Munnar- PKA14 : 7 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (6)- around 700 kb each. 
Seen this tall Shrub (Almost 4 to 5 metre in height) in a Shola Forest near Munnar.
Profuse flowering of this sp. was treat to the eyes.
Bot. Name: Strobilanthes gracilis
Family: Acanthaceae

love it, nice series, ... one more set of pictures of strobilanthes flowers of 2018. what's striking is the candelabra like upward point buds and reminder calyces?