Roundleaf Blushwort
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Roundleaf Blushwort
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Roundleaf Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus monetarius    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Roundleaf Blushwort is a perennial herb with stem creeping, pale brown, 2 mm in diameter, nodes 1.5-2.5 cm. Leaves are opposite, broadly elliptic to almost round, 1.1-1.2 cm in diameter, thick, flattened, smooth, entire, leaf-stalk 1-2 mm long. Flowers are bright scarlet, 3-4 cm long, tubular, curved, horizontal above, throat 1 cm broad upper lip from two lobes with rounded tip, 4 mm long and 6 mm broad. Lateral lobes are unfixed, 5 mm long. Stamen filaments are 2 cm long, hairless, anthers 2 mm long. Sepals are free, linear-lanceshaped, 4 mm long, 1 mm broad. Flowers are borne in leaf-axils, singly; bracts small; flower-stalks sparsely covered with small articulated white hairs, 1-2 cm long. Roundleaf Blushwort Eastern Himalaya to China, at altitudes of 300-800 m. Flowering: November-December.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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