Large-Flower Blushwort
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Large-Flower Blushwort
P Native Photo: Huirem Bhabini
Common name: Large-Flower Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus parasiticus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus macranthus, Incarvillea parasitica

Large-Flower Blushwort is a herb dwelling on trees, with arching or hanging stem. Flowers are red, or orange-red, 3.2-7.3 cm long, lobes orange or red with brown or black markings in a central line, mouth somewhat contracted. Calyx is herbaceous, sepals variable, sometimes very short blunt, sometimes lanceshaped pointed as long as the tube. Flower-stalks are 0.3-1.2 cm long, at branch-ends; more rarely on spurs, in leaf-axils. Filament are far protruding, fused in 2 pairs. Leaves are about 10 x 2.5 cm, lanceshaped, narrowed at both ends, often wavy. Leaf-stalk is 3-6 mm Capsule is 15 cm by 6 mm. Stem is round in cross-section, branched. Large-Flower Blushwort is found in NE India, up to 1200 m above sea-level. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal Manipur.

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