Exacum anamallayanum

Exacum anamallayanum Bedd., Icon. Pl. Ind. Or. 1: 33 1870. (Syn: Exacum atropurpureum var. anamallayanum (Bedd.) C.B.Clarke); 

Shrubs, stem terete, lenticellate. Leaves opposite, to 5 x 3 cm, broadly ovate, acute, base clasping the stem, coriaceous, margins thickened, 5-ribbed from the base, sessile. Cymes terminal and axillary ; pedicels stout, 1 cm long; calyx winged, tube 4 mm, lobes 5 mm, acute; corolla tube 8 mm, lobes 2 x 0.7 cm, obovate, many nerved, apiculate; stamens 5, filaments 5 mm; ovary many ovuled, 7 mm, style 2 cm, stigma, globose.
Flowering and fruiting: March-May
Evergreen and shola forests
Southern Western Ghats (Endemic)
Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)


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Exacum anamallayanum :
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Beautiful close-up. Probably an endemic of the area.
Thanks ... for all those nice photographs of the Gentians!!
Indeed the members of Gentianaceae are very beautiful wild ornamental plants worth introduction to gardens. Is anybody doing such work?