Barleria prionitis – Kuranta, Porcupine Flower

Other notes

Natural History: An armed shrub found in tropical Africa and Asia. A medicinal plant known as Sahacharah or Saireyaka in Sanskrit and Koranti in Marathi. Yellow flowers bloom on spiny branches from November to February (Flowers of India, 2022).



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Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Barleria prionitis L. – Kuranta, Porcupine Flower. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/06/23.