Parry's Mussaenda
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Parry's Mussaenda
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Parry's Mussaenda • Mizo: Hrui-vakep
Botanical name: Mussaenda parryorum    Family: Rubiaceae (Coffee family)

Parry's Mussaenda is a shrubs with leaves simple, opposite decussate. It is named for Dr. Charles Christopher Parry, 19th century English-born American botanist and collector. Flowers are borne in spreading stalkless cymes. Flowers are yellow, tube cylindrical, hairy outside, hairless inside. Sepals are 5 or 6, brownish velvet-hairy. Petal-like sepal is white, elliptic, 7-nerved. Bracts are 2; bracteoles 3, linear, brown velvet-hairy. Stipules are triangular, divided into two at tip; leaf-stalks about 0.2-1 cm long, brownish velvet-hairy; blade about 6-12 x 4-6 cm, elliptic, narrowed at base, tapering at tip, entire. Young leaves are woolly; secondary nerves 7-9 pairs, brownish velvet-hairy above. Fruit is berry-like, black, brown velvet-hairy. Parry's Mussaenda is found in forest clearings, along foot-tracts in NE India, at altitudes of 1200-1500 m. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed at Thenzawl-Lunglei road, Mizoram.

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