Bracted Silvianthus
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Bracted Silvianthus
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Bracted Silvianthus
Botanical name: Silvianthus bracteatus    Family: Carlemanniaceae (Carlemannia family)

Bracted Silvianthus is a shrub 0.5-1 m tall, with stems brown, nearly round, slightly stout, about 3 mm in diameter, herbaceous, hairless. Flowers are white, funnel-shaped-bell-shaped, about 1.2 cm, throat slightly expanded; petals nearly round, valvate. Stamens and style not protruding out. Sepal-cup tube obconical, 2-3 mm in length and width; sepals nearly equal, oblong to spoon-shaped, 7-10 x 3 mm, tip pointed. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils or at branch-ends, shortly stalked or stalkless, hairless or papillose-finely velvet-hairy. Bracts are oblong, about 5 x 3 cm, tip blunt. Flower-stalks are about 2 mm, finely velvet-hairy. Leaf-stalks are 2-7 cm, slender, flattened, hairless; leaf blade below pale green, above green, elliptic, 17-25 x 7.5-10.5 cm, drying membranous, midvein slender, prominent on both surfaces, lateral veins about 10 pairs, distinct on both surfaces, both surfaces hairless, base wedge-shaped, decurrent to leaf-stalk, margin irregular, shallowly wavy-toothed, tip shortly tapering. Capsules are pinkish, almost spherical, 6-7 x 6-7 mm, somewhat fleshy, splitting down from sepals into 5 valves. Bracted Silvianthus is found in forests at altitudes of 700-900 m, NE India, Myanmar, Yunnan. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Samiran Panday Photographed in Tamdil, Mizoram.

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