Purple Lysionotus
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Purple Lysionotus
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Purple Lysionotus
Botanical name: Lysionotus atropurpureus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Purple Lysionotus is a subshrub with stems about 25 cm, hairless or sparsely finely velvet-hairy near tip. Leaf-stalks are 4-10 mm; leaf blade oblong to narrowly elliptic, 8-14 x 2-4 cm, papery, hairless, base wedge-shaped to broadly wedge-shaped, margin finely toothed, tip tapering to long tapering; lateral veins 5-8 on each side of midrib, flat. Flowers are borne in 2-4-flowered cymes, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 5.5-7.5 cm long. Bracts are linear, 2-4 x 0.2-0.8 mm. Flower-stalks are up to 1 cm. Sepal-cup is 5-parted from base; sepals 4-5 mm, hairless. Flowers are purple, about 3 cm, hairless; tube tubular-funnel-shaped, about 2 x 0.8 cm; upper lip about 6 mm; lower lip about 1 cm. Stamens are about 5 mm; filaments about 4 mm; staminodes 2, about 2 mm. Pistil is about 1.2 cm, hairless. Capsules are 6-7.5 cm. On trees in broad-leaved forests; Purple Lysionotus is found from Nepal to Bhutan, NE India, China, at altitudes of about 2000 m. Flowering: August.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Shi Yomi, Arunachal Pradesh.

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