Nirijuli Rhynchotechum
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Nirijuli Rhynchotechum
P Native Photo: Dipankar Borah
Common name: Nirijuli Rhynchotechum
Botanical name: Rhynchotechum nirijuliense    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Nirijuli Rhynchotechum is a newly discovered (2020) shrub with stems up to 2 m tall, 1-1.8 cm in diameter, internodes 4-16 cm. It is named after the region where it is a found. Flowers are pink, hairless outside, tube 2-3 mm long; upper lip 5-7 mm, upper lobes round, 2-3 x 5-6 mm, tips rounded to blunt; lower lip 8-10 mm, lower lobes ovate oblong, 3-5 x 3-4 mm, tips blunt to rounded. Stamens are small, style 8-9 mm long. Fruits are fleshy, white, ovoid, 1.2-1.5 x 0.7-0.9 cm, hairless. Sepal-cup is divided to near the base, tube 1-2mm long, lobes ovate lanceshaped, 7-10 x 1.8-2.2 mm, equal to or longer than the flower, hairy outside, hairless inside. Flower-stalks are up to 1.5 cm long, silky hairy. Inflorescence in leaf-axils, branches 4-6 from each node, oppositely arranged 2-3 from each side, up to 6.5 cm long, twice to thrice branched. Leaves are opposite, almost stalkless, leaf-stalk if present 0.5-1.2 cm long; blade broadly lanceshaped to obovate, 30-38 x 12-16 cm, tip pointed to shortly tapering, base narrowly wedge-shaped, margin wavy, finely toothed, teeth up to 1 mm long, lateral veins 27-32 on each side, above green, hairless, below pale green. Nirijuli Rhynchotechum is only known from Nirijuli in Papum Pare district, Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: April-May.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Nirijuli, Papum Pare district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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