Spindle-Leaf Blushwort
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Spindle-Leaf Blushwort
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Spindle-Leaf Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus linearifolius    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus oblanceolatus

Spindle-Leaf Blushwort is a perennial herb with stems 50-100 cm, hairless. Leaves are opposite, carried on stalks 3-8 mm long. Leaves are narrowly to broadly inverted-lanceshaped or rarely lanceshaped, 4.2-9 x 0.6-2.5 cm, leathery, hairless, base wedge-shaped to narrowed, margin entire to nearly entire, tip tapering to with a tail; lateral veins indistinct. Flowers are red, 3-3.5 cm, outside hairless, inside sparsely glandular finely velvet-hairy above, mouth slightly oblique; limb indistinctly 2-lipped; upper lip about 4 mm; lower lip about 5.5 mm. Stamens are protruding; filaments 1.4-2 cm; anthers coherent in pairs at tip. Pistil is about 2.1 cm. Sepal-cup is red, 5-sect from base; sepals lanceshaped to elliptic, 1.1-1.3 cm x 3-4 mm, outside hairless. Flower-stalks are 3-10 mm, hairless. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, 1-4-flowered; flower-cluster-stalk 1.8-5 cm; bracts persistent, red, lanceshaped, 1-1.8 cm x 4-5 mm. Capsules are 5-10 cm. Spindle-Leaf Blushwort is found on trees and rocks in forested valleys, at altitudes of 1900-3100 m, in NE India, N Myanmar and China. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Momang Taram Photographed in Arunachal Pradesh.

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