Light-Footed Lysionotus
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Light-Footed Lysionotus
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Light-Footed Lysionotus
Botanical name: Lysionotus levipes    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus levipes, Trichosporum levipes, Lysionotus angustisepalus

Light-Footed Lysionotus is a tree-dwelling subshrub with stems 30-60 cm. Flowers are light purple with darker veins, about 5 cm, outside sparsely finely velvet-hairy, inside below sparsely finely velvet-hairy; tube slender funnel-shaped, about 3.6 x 0.9 cm; upper lip about 3 mm; lower lip about 1.4 cm. Stamens are about 1.4 cm; filaments about 1.2 cm, pistil about 3.2 cm, hairless. Sepal-cup is 5-parted from base; sepals 7.5-8.5 mm, outside finely velvet-hairy, inside hairless. Flowers are borne singly, bracts apparently absent. Flower-stalks are about 6 mm. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-1 mm; leaf blade lanceshaped to narrowly so, 1.2-2.2 cm x 2.5-4 mm, leathery, densely finely velvet-hairy, base wedge-shaped, margin sparsely finely toothed or glandular, tip tapering to pointed; lateral veins obscure. Light-Footed Lysionotus is found in NE India, Laos, N Myanmar, China, at altitudes of 1200-2400 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Mishmi Hills, Arunachal Pradesh.

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