Chinese Snake Jasmine
Share Foto info
Chinese Snake Jasmine
P Native Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Chinese Snake Jasmine
Botanical name: Rhinacanthus beesianus    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Chinese Snake Jasmine is a shrubs up to 1.5 m tall. Beautiful white flowers, with pinkish tinge, are borne in panicles at branch-ends, 12-15 x 8-9 cm. Bracts are leaflike, lanceshaped, 0.8-1.2 x 0.3-0.4 cm. Flowers are stalked, sepals linear, about 10 x 1.5 mm, velvet-hairy, 1-veined, tip pointed. Flowers are fragrant, outside gland-tipped velvet-hairy; tube about 4 cm long, lower lip lobes are elliptic, 2-2.5 cm; upper lip about 2 cm, tip 2-cleft. Stamens are about 1 cm. Stems are 4-angled, nearly hairless. Leaf-stalks are 0-4 mm; leaf blade elliptic to narrowly obovate to inverted-lanceshaped, 20-24 x 6-8 cm, below hairless, above slightly velvet-hairy, secondary veins 8-10 on each side of midvein, base narrowed and decurrent onto leaf-stalk, margin slightly wavy to nearly entire, tip pointed. Chinese Snake Jasmine is known only from Yunnan province in China and Myanmar, but we found it in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019. Flowering: August-November.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed on the banks of Siang River, East Siang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

• Is this flower misidentified? If yes,