14 April 2016

L is for Lepidagathis cristata

Welcome! 
I am writing about herbs in the 2016 April AtoZ blogging challenge. Most of the herbs written in this series are those I have seen or used. Today's herb is another discovery on my morning walk... 

I had spotted a curious spongy looking semicircular growth on the hill which occasionally had leaves around it. It was not clear if the leaves grew out of this central white structure or were from some other plant. I referred to a group of plant lovers who identified it as Lepidagathis cristata of the Acanthaceae family. This plant is native to India and goes by the common name of Crested Lepidagathis or Bhu Terada in Marathi. It is said to have medicinal value as well.

The flowers are stalkless and arise from the centre dome

Branches arise from the central dome like structure
Another interesting herb also from our neighbourhood hills is most likely the Lavandula bipinnata of the Laminaceae family. Here it is:

I hope you are enjoying this blogging challenge as much as I am. 
Bye for now and Take Care!
:)

11 comments:

Seena said...

Love how the flowers arise from the dome. Nature and its beauty!

Cheers,
Seena
#AtoZChallenge -L is for Labour

Archana said...

I thought so too Seena. Have a wonderful day!

My Era said...

With the way flowers arise from the central dome, stalk-less, one would often miss noting them.
Nevertheless beautiful they are :)

Dixita mour said...

Beautiful ones .
Only expert eyes like yours notice them .
@dixita011 from
Cafenined words

Dixita mour said...

Beautiful ones .
Only expert eyes like yours notice them .
@dixita011 from
Cafenined words

Archana said...

@My Era - I have walked past them for so many months and not noticed :(
Was pleasantly surprised when I did see them!! Thank you!

Archana said...

@Dixita - Thanks a ton! :)

Reema D'souza said...

I'm in awe for the keen sight you have to identify so many.

The Solitary Writer said...

Yes I have seen it :D

L- Love and Lies

Archana said...

Thank you Reema. This series is possible due to observations made over couple of years.

Archana said...

@The Solitary Writer- That's great! Have a wonderful day :)