Red Nongmangkha   
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Red Nongmangkha
E Native Photo: Gary Thingnam
Common name: Red Nongmangkha • Assamese: তিতা ফুল Tita phul • Manipuri: ꯅꯣꯡꯃꯥꯡꯈꯥ ꯑꯉꯥꯡꯕꯥ নোঙমাঙখা অঙাঙবা Nongmangkha angangba
Botanical name: Phlogacanthus parviflorus    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Red Nongmangkha is a shrub Shrubs up to 3-4 m high; stem stout, quadrangular; leaves 28-30 x 6-8 cm, broadly lanceshaped, tapering at both ends, paler and hairless beneath; lateral nerves 12-13 pairs on each side. Flowers are borne in nearly hairless, narrow, spike-like clusters at branch ends, 23-26 x 7-9 cm. Bracts are 2, 1-1.1 cm; bracteoles 4, 0.5-0.6 cm. Sepals are linear lanceshaped, 1.3-1.5 cm, nearly hairless. Flowers are 2.6-3 cm, tubular, widened upwards, dark red, very slight velvet-hairy. Stamens are 2, protruding out. Gynoecium is deep red, 2.3-2.5 cm; ovary hairless. In comparison to its medicinal cousin Nongmangkha, this one doesn't possess any medicinal qualities. Red Nongmangkha is found in NE India and Myanmar. Flowering: November-March.

Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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