Griffith's Lantern Flower
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Griffith's Lantern Flower
P Native Photo: Somendra Singh
Common name: Griffith's Lantern Flower
Botanical name: Agapetes griffithii    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Agapetes xizangensis

Griffith's Lantern Flower is a shrub 1-2 m tall, hairless. Twigs round, about 8 mm in diameter. Flowers are borne in corymbs, 1.5-2.2 cm, 6-13-flowered. Flower-stalks are red to pink, 2-3 cm long, fleshy, expanded upwards. Sepal tube is rounded, about 2.5 mm, glaucous; limb red or pink, about 1 cm, divided about 2/3; sepals ovate-lanceshaped, about 6 x 4 mm, angled, distinctly veined. Flower are light bluish-purple with dark purple zig-zag bands, glaucous, tubular, about 1.7 cm, fleshy, with 5 raised veins; lobes are triangular, tiny, about 1 mm. Filaments are about 3 mm, hairy apically; anthers about 1.1 cm. Leaves are scattered; leaf-stalk 1-2 cm; leaf blade oblong-lanceshaped, 10-21 x 2-4.5 cm, thickly leathery, secondary veins 4-6 pairs, not prominent, base broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin slightly curled, sparsely inprominently finely toothed, tip tapering. Griffith's Lantern Flower is found in Arunachal Pradesh and China, at altitudes of 1000-2100 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: M. Sanjappa, Dipanwita Banik Photographed in West Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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