Fused-Sepal Lysionotus
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Fused-Sepal Lysionotus
P Native Photo: Dipankar Borah
Common name: Fused-Sepal Lysionotus
Botanical name: Lysionotus gamosepalus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Fused-Sepal Lysionotus is a subshrub with stems 18-50 cm, hairless. Leaf-stalks are 5-20 mm; leaf blades narrowly elliptic to ovate, 5-13 x 2.8-6 cm, papery, hairless, base broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin sawtoothed to toothed, tip tapering to pointed; lateral veins 4-6 on each side of midrib, flat. Flowers are borne in 2-11-flowered cymes, on flower-cluster-stalks 1.5-5 cm, hairless. Bracts are broadly ovate, base heart-shaped, about 7 x 11 mm. Flower-stalks are about 3 mm. Sepal-cup is 0.9-1.2 cm, 5-lobed from middle to above middle; tube 6-10 mm; lobes 2-6 x 3-5 mm, hairless. Flowers are white or tinged purple, 3.6-4.2 cm, hairless; tube funnel-shaped-tubular, 2.6-3 x 0.9-1.2 cm; upper lip about 5.5 mm; lower lip 1-1.2 cm. Stamens are about 1 cm; filaments 8-10 mm; anthers oblate; connective appendage hornlike, 1.2-1.8 mm; staminodes 3, 0.5-6 mm. Disc ringlike, margin entire. Pistil 2-2.2 cm, hairless. Capsules are 9-13 cm. Seed appendages hairlike, 1.5-2 mm. Fused-Sepal Lysionotus is found in Eastern Himalaya, Tibet to China. Flowering: June-July.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Lohit, Arunachal Pradesh.

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