Red Chinese Fringe Flower
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Red Chinese Fringe Flower
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Red Chinese Fringe Flower
Botanical name: Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum    Family: Hamamelidaceae (Witch-hazel family)

Red Chinese Fringe Flower is an evergreen shrub or small tree up to 3 m tall, branches velvet-hairy. Leaves are ovate, elliptic to obovate, up to 6 cm long, often tinged purple, densely velvet-hairy, margin entire, lateral veins 4-8 on each side. Flowers are red, borne in a dense up to 16 flowered raceme, on up to 1 cm long peduncle. Flower-stalk is short, sepals ovate, 2-3 mm long, petals 4-6, red, 1-2 cm long with rounded apex, stamens 4 or 5, anthers ovoid, ovary inferior, fruit capsule obovoid-globose, 7-8 mm long, with persistent calyx cup. Red Chinese Fringe Flower is native to Japan and SE Asia including southern China. It is cultivated as a garden plant.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh Photographed in cultivation in Imphal & Delhi.

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