Small-Flowered Rhynchotechum
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Small-Flowered Rhynchotechum
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Small-Flowered Rhynchotechum • Adi: Jongkot • Nyshi: Joku • Tagin: Jok
Botanical name: Rhynchotechum parviflorum    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)

Small-Flowered Rhynchotechum is a subshrub, branched or unbranched, with stems 1-5 ft tall, 0.5-1.2 cm in diameter. Flowers are hairless, pink, zygomorphic with a dark purple spot in the base, tube short, upper petals 1-1.2 x 0.8-1 mm, oblong, tip rounded, lower petals 1-1.5 x 1-1.2 mm, stamens inserted at the base of the tube, filaments 0.5-1 mm, anthers 1 mm across, ovary 1 x 1 mm, shortly finely velvet-hairy; style white, 3-5 mm long, stigma white, flat. Flower-stalks are 4-7 mm, hairy; sepal-cup greenish to pinkish-brown, sepals triangular with tips rounded 6-8 x 1-1.5 mm, hairy. Inflorescence is green to rusty brown, 1.5-3 cm long, 1-2 branched, rusty hairy; bracts widely subulate, pinkish, slightly membranous, rusty velvet-hairy to hairless. Leaves are opposite, or nearly so, leaf-stalk 1.9-5 cm long, hairless, green; blade broadly elliptic to obovate, 16-27 × 8-13 cm, tip pointed, base narrowly wedge-shaped to wedge-shaped, margin rounded toothed, above dark green becoming hairless, below pale yellow, rusty woolly at young stage, becoming hairless when mature, brown velvet-hairy on veins; mid vein channeled, impressed above, raised below, lateral veins opposite or nearly so, 12-24 pairs. Small-Flowered Rhynchotechum is native to East Himalaya, Jawa, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Sulawesi, Vietnam. Flowering: May-June.

Identification credit: Benjamin Anderson Photographed at Geku, Upper Siang District, Arunachal Pradesh.

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