Thin-Flower False Eranthemum
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Thin-Flower False Eranthemum
P Native Photo: Dipankar Borah
Common name: Thin-Flower False Eranthemum
Botanical name: Pseuderanthemum leptanthum    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)
Synonyms: Pseuderanthemum leptanthus, Eranthemum leptanthus, Siphoneranthemum leptanthum

Thin-Flower False Eranthemum is apparently a large shrub, with hairless round branches. It looks rather different from other related species. Flowers are borne in elongated, many-flowered, hairless racemes, 12-22 cm long. Racemes are 1 to 5, borne at branch ends, nearly simple. Flowers are pink, rather slender, with a 6-8 mm long, linear curved, tube, with an inflated base, with 5 nearly equally petals. Sepals are 3 mm, linear-lanceshaped. Stamens are 2, with 2 minute linear rudiments, anthers oblong, style 4-5 mm. Flower-stalks are unusually long, upper ones often reaching 4 mm. Leaves are elliptic long-pointed, narrowed at base, 12-22 x 3.5-9 cm, nerves 11-16 pairs, stalk 2.5-3.7 cm. Capsule is 3-3.5 cm long. Thin-Flower False Eranthemum is native to East Himalaya, restricted to Arunchal Pradesh and Myanmar.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Mishmee Hills, Arunachal Pradesh.

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