Hairy Rhynchotechum
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Hairy Rhynchotechum
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Hairy Rhynchotechum
Botanical name: Rhynchotechum vestitum    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Corysanthera vestita

Hairy Rhynchotechum is an undershrub, with stems 1-2 m, creamy yellow hairy. Leaves are opposite; leaf-stalk 2-4.5 cm, densely spreading yellowish hairy; leaf blade ovate to elliptic or obovate, 13-28.5 x 5.4-12 cm, silky to hairy, persistent, base broadly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin finely toothed, tip tapering to abruptly tapering. Flowers are borne in 5-15-flowered cymes, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 0.8-1.5 cm long, densely spreading yellowish hairy; bracts 4-7 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.4-1.3 cm long, sepals narrowly triangular to narrowly lanceshaped, 4-5 mm, spreading hairy. Flowers are reddish, about 6 mm; tube 1.5-2 mm; upper lip about 2.5 mm; lower lip about 4 mm. Stamens are adnate to flower near base, about 1.6 mm. Pistil is about 5.5 mm, glandular. Berry is white, 3-5 mm, becoming hairless. Hairy Rhynchotechum is found in forests, shaded streamsides in valleys, at altitudes of 800-1300 m, from East Himalaya to China. Flowering: June-August.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Pasighat, East-Siang distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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