Tonkin Beccarinda
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Tonkin Beccarinda
P Native Photo: Lemmem Gammi
Common name: Tonkin Beccarinda
Botanical name: Beccarinda tonkinensis    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Slackia tonkinensis

Tonkin Beccarinda is a perennial, stemless herb, named for the Tokin region of Vietnam where it was first found. Flowers are white, tinged blue-purple, 1-1.6 cm, outside sparsely finely velvet-hairy; tube about 5 mm; upper lip lobes about 3 mm; ones of lower lip about 5 mm. Filaments are about 3 mm; anthers about 1.5 mm. Pistil hairless; ovary about 2 mm. Style about 6 mm. Sepals are ovate to obovate, 2-4.5 x 1.5-2.5 mm, outside sparsely velvet-hairy. Flower-cluster-stalks are 7-17 cm, brownish hairy; bracts broadly ovate, 3-5 x 3-4 mm, outside nearly hairless, inside velvet-hairy to hairy. Leaves are basal, carried on leaf-stalks 4-13 cm long. Leaf blade is ovate to round, 3-12 x 2.5-8.5 cm, above whitish to brownish hairy, below short whitish to brownish hairy, base heart-shaped, rarely rounded, margin coarsely rounded toothed, tip rounded to blunt; lateral veins 5 or 6 on each side of midrib. Capsules are 1.5-2.5 cm. Tonkin Beccarinda is found growing on rocks on forested slopes, at altitudes of 700-2400 m, in China, N Vietnam and Arunachal Pradesh. Flowering: April-June.

Identification credit: Dipankar Borah Photographed in Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh.

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