Large Tongue-Lip
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Large Tongue-Lip
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Large Tongue-Lip
Botanical name: Rhynchoglossum ampliatum    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Klugia ampliata

Large Tongue-Lip is a perennial herb, with hairless stem. Leaves are about 15 x 8 cm, upper and lower surface hairless, leaf-stalks 1-4 cm long. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils or in branch-end racemes, bracteole prominent, persistent, flower-cluster-stalks 1-2 cm long, flower-stalks 0-4 mm long. Sepal-cup is about 1.5 cm long, 5-lobed, sepals as long as the tube, lanceshaped, nearly equal, cylindrical, deep green. Flowers are bluish white. Stamens 4 fertile, anthers coherent. Capsule is ovoid oblong within acrescent sepal-cup. Large Tongue-Lip is endemic to Arunachal Pradesh.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Lower Subansiri Distt, Arunachal Pradesh.

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