Many-Flowered Leptoboea
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Many-Flowered Leptoboea
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Many-Flowered Leptoboea
Botanical name: Leptoboea multiflora    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Championia multiflora

Many-Flowered Leptoboea is a shrub up to 1.5 m high; leaves opposite, crowded, elliptic tapering, minutely rounded toothed, velvet-hairy. Flowers are 6-9 mm, outside hairless; tube 4-5 mm; petals nearly equal, nearly round to oblong, 2-3 x 4-6 mm. Stamens are 2.5-4.5 mm, style 6-7 mm, hairless. Sepals are linear to narrowly triangular, 1.5-2 x 0.2-0.4 mm. Flower-stalks are finely velvet-hairy, often bracteolate. Flower-cluster-stalks are 1-4 cm, very thin, finely velvet-hairy; bracts linear to subulate, 1-4 x 0.2-1 mm, finely velvet-hairy. Stems is up to at least 30 cm. Leaf-stalks are 0.5-2.2 cm; leaf blade elliptic to ovate, 2.5-11 x 2.6-7.5 cm, margin shallowly sawtoothed, tip pointed to tapering; lateral veins 9-12 on each side of midrib. Capsule is 2-3.5 cm. Many-Flowered Leptoboea is found in dense forests on slopes, at altitudes of 1000-1300 m, Bhutan, NE India, Myanmar, China. Flowering: July-August.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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