Striped Blushwort
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Striped Blushwort
P Native Photo: Momang Taram
Common name: Striped Blushwort
Botanical name: Aeschynanthus lineatus    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Aeschynanthus chorisepalus

Striped Blushwort is a hairless herb with stems up to 1 m. Flowers are red to yellow, 1.9-3 cm, outside sparsely finely velvet-hairy, inside hairless, mouth not oblique; limb indistinctly 2-lipped, lips nearly equal, 3.8-4 mm. Stamens protrude out, filaments 1.8-2 cm; anthers coherent in pairs at tip, 1.8-2.2 mm; staminode 0.5-1 mm. Pistil 2.4-3 cm. Sepal-cup green, 5-divided from base; sepals lanceshaped-linear to linear-inverted-lanceshaped, 4-7 x 1.5-2 mm, outside hairless to rust-brown velvet-hairy. Flowers are borne in cymes in leaf-axils, 1-4-flowered. Flower-cluster-stalk is absent; bracts persistent, green, linear to lanceshaped, about 6 x 1-2 mm. Flower-stalks are 3-20 mm, finely velvet-hairy to hairless. Leaves are opposite, leaf-stalk 6-21 mm; leaf blade narrowly to broadly elliptic or lanceshaped to obovate, 5-12 x 2-4.2 cm, leathery to thin leathery, hairless, above drying wrinkled, below not dotted, base broadly wedge-shaped to wedge-shaped, margin entire, tip tapering; lateral veins indistinct. Capsule are 15-25 cm. Striped Blushwort is found growing on trees in forested valleys, at altitudes of 1500-2500 m, S and W Yunnan, N Thailand and Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: July-October.

Identification credit: Momang Taram, Dipankar Borah Photographed in Ziro valley, Arunachal Pradesh.

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