Long-Stalk Henckelia
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Long-Stalk Henckelia
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Long-Stalk Henckelia
Botanical name: Henckelia longipedicellata    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Chirita longipedicellata

Long-Stalk Henckelia is a perennial herb, up to 27 cm tall, stem hairy. Flowers are borne solitary in leaf axils, violet; flower-cluster-stalk 3-7 cm, hairy; bracts paired, free, inserted below sepal-cup, elliptic, 4 mm long; flower-stalk absent. Sepal-cup tubular, tube 3 mm long; lobes deeply divided, narrowly triangular, 9-10 mm long, sparsely glandular and eglandular hairs on both sides; falling off. Flowers are funnel-shaped, 3-3.5 cm long, straight pouched, sparsely hairy outside. Stamens are 2: filaments inserted about 5 mm from base of flower tube, 6 mm long, curved, velvet-hairy; anthers elliptic, 2-2.4 mm long, velvet-hairy on lower surface, upper surfaces coherent. Gynoecium is 1.8 cm long; stigma deeply bilobed. Leaves are opposite: blade ovate, 3.5-6 by 2-3.5 cm, base wedge-shaped, tip pointed, margin sawtoothed, upper and lower surface with eglandular hairs, lateral veins 5-7 on each side. Leaf-stalk 0.5-2.5 cm, with glandular and eglandular hairs. Fruit orthocarpic, young fruit 1.5 cm long. Long-Stalk Henckelia is found in Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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