Pink Gentian Vine
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Pink Gentian Vine
ative Photo: Kiran Srivastava
Common name: Pink Gentian Vine
Botanical name: Crawfurdia angustata    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Crawfurdia trailliana, Gentiana helenii

Pink Gentian Vine is a beautiful climber with twinning stems. Leaves arise on slender stalks 0.5-1 cm long. Leaves are elliptic to ovate, 4-7 × 2-4 cm, leathery, base rounded, margin entire, with tapering tips. Each leaf has 3-5 parallel veins. Flowers arise either singly or in cymes. Flowers stalks are 1-15 cm long. Sepals cup is sometimes pale purple, tubular, with a 2-2.5 cm long tube, opening into spreadingor recurved sepals which are ovate-triangular to triangular, 3-4 × 2-3 mm. Flowers are pale purple or pink, funnel-shaped, 6-8.5 cm. Petals are ovate-triangular, 1-1.7 cm long 6-12 mm broad with tapering tips. The shorter petals are broadly triangular, 2-4 × 5 mm, with margin irregularly toothed. Pink Gentian Vine is found in the meadow slopes, scrub, scattered forests in valleys of NE India, at altitude of 1500-2800 m. Flowering: October-December.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh & Manipur.

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