Narrow-Leaf Blushwort
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Narrow-Leaf Blushwort
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Narrow-Leaf Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus angustioblongus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Narrow-Leaf Blushwort is a herb with stems 12-30 cm, hairless. Leaves are opposite; leaf-stalk 2-5 mm; leaf blade narrowly oblong to oblong lanceshaped or narrowly elliptic, 3-5.4 x 1-1.5 cm, papery, hairless, base narrowed, margin entire, tip narrowed; lateral veins indistinct. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, 1-flowered; flower-cluster-stalk absent; bracts deciduous. Flower-stalks are 1-2.2 cm, hairless. Sepal-cup is green, 5-sect from base; segments narrowly lanceshaped, 0.9-1.1 cm x 1.6-2.1 mm, outside hairless. Flowers are red, about 2.8 cm, outside finely velvet-hairy, inside hairless, mouth not oblique; limb indistinctly 2-lipped, lips equal, about 2.5 mm. Stamens are protruding; filaments about 1.2 cm; anthers coherent in pairs at tip, 1.2-2 mm. Pistil about 3.2 cm; style less than 16 mm. Narrow-Leaf Blushwort is found growing on trees in forested valleys, altitudes of about 1500 m, from Arunachal Pradesh to China . Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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