Sikkim Blushwort
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Sikkim Blushwort
ative Photo: Thingnam Sophia
Common name: Sikkim Blushwort • Mizo: Hnah-chhah • Nepali: थिर्जो Thirjo
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus parviflorus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus sikkimensis, Aeschynanthus ramosissimus

Sikkim Blushwort is a shrub which grows hanging on bigger plants. It has green stems, growing up to 1 m long. Flowers are red-orange, 2-3 cm long, curved, striped with black at the tip, glandular-hairy outside. They are borne in dense clusters at the end of branches. The tip of the tubular flowers has small rounded petals, dark-tipped on the inside. Stamens filaments are 1.4-3.5 cm long, style 1.0-2.5 cm long, stigma headlike. Sepal cup is short, about 2-4 mm, sepals are triangular to lanceshaped, 2.5-4 mm, sometimes free. Oppostely arranged leaves are thick leathery, broadly lanceshaped to elliptic, with a tapering tip, up to 12 cm long. Capsule is linear 30-50 cm, containing seeds with very long hairs. Flowering: July-November.

Identification credit: Tabish, J.M. Garg Photographed in Manipur & Sikkim.

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