East Himalayan Mussaenda
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East Himalayan Mussaenda
ative Photo: Thangjam Hindustani
Common name: East Himalayan Mussaenda • Adi: Akshap • Assamese: সোণাৰূপা Sonarupa, চৰাই আঠা Sarai-atha, নগাবালি Nagabali • Garo: gardek • Khasi: Dieng jalongtham, Jalai • Manipuri: ꯍꯅꯨꯔꯩ Hanu-rei, Hanurei • Mizo: Vakep, Vokep • Nepali: धोबिनी Dhobini , Naolungkamchal • Tangkhul: Kongrawon
Botanical name: Mussaenda roxburghii    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

East Himalayan Mussaenda is a shrub up to 3 m tall, with stem usually hairy above. Leaves are oblong-lanceshaped, long-pointed, bristly hairy on midrib beneath, short-stalked. Stipules are triangular-lanceshaped. Flowers are borne in dense clusters about 5 cm across, at branch ends. Sepals are 5, threadlike, hairy. One sepal is often enlarged into a white inverted-lanceshaped, stalked "leaf". Flower-tube is narrow, 3-3.5 cm long, silky. Petals are bright orange inside, white outside, with threadlike tips. Berries are oblong-ellipsoid, smooth, crowned with the sepals. East Himalayan Mussaenda is found in East Himalayas, from C. Nepal to Bhutan, Assam and Burma, at altitudes up to 1600 m. Flowering: May-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Shillong, Meghalaya & Arunachal Pradesh.

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