Red-Sepal Blushwort   
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Red-Sepal Blushwort
P Native Photo: Thingnam Rasjhree
Common name: Red-Sepal Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus bracteatus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus paxtonii, Aeschynanthus peelii

Red-Sepal Blushwort is plant growing on trees, with red flowers, and prominent, relatively large red sepals. Flowers are red to pink or purple, 3.2-4.2 cm, hairless, mouth strongly oblique; limb indistinctly 2-lipped; upper lip erect, 6-8 mm; lower lip curved back, 6-8 mm. Calyx is red, 5-parted from base, sepals linear to lanceshaped, 1.2-1.9 cm x 2-4 mm, outside hairless. Stamens protrude out, filaments about 2.5 cm, anthers coherent in pairs at tip, 1.8-2.5 mm. Flower-stalks are 6-12 mm, hairless. Flowers are borne mostly at branch ends, in clusters of 1-7. Bracts are also reddish, about an inch long, but can fall off. Leaves are variable, from broad elliptic to narrow lanceshaped, 4.4-13 cm long. They are fleshy, long-pointed at tip, narrowed at base. Red-Sepal Blushwort is found in E. Himalaya to N. Indo-China, at altitudes of 900-3200 m. Fl. June-October.

Identification credit: Susmita Basu Photographed at Shirui hill, Ukhrul distt, Manipur.

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