Common name: Two-Leaved Chirita
Botanical name: Chirita bifolia Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Two Leaved Chirita is a perennial herb with erect stem up to 25 cm tall.
The stem is leafless at the base during flowering, and has 2 unequal
leaves above. Stalkless leaves are round to oval, with a heart-shaped
base, toothed margin, thinly hairy. Flowering stems are 1-2, rarely more,
each bearing 1-2 funnel-shaped flowers which hang looking down. Flowers
are about 5 cm long. Bracts are oblong, hairy. Sepals are 5, hairy.
Flowers are funnel-shaped, swollen on one side, white with golden markings
inside. The flower-tube open into 5 rounded, blue or purple petals. Two
Leaved Chirita is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal Pradesh to Butan,
at altitudes of 1500-2400. Flowering: June-August.
Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
|Photographed in Dhanaulti, Uttarakhand.|