Hermit Henckelia
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Hermit Henckelia
A Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Hermit Henckelia
Botanical name: Henckelia anachoreta    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Chirita anachoreta, Didymocarpus anachoretus, Roettlera anachoreta

Hermit Henckelia is an annual herb with stems erect, 6-35 cm, hairless to sparsely velvet-hairy or hairy on the top. Flowers are borne in 1-3-9-flowered cymes, carried on flower-cluster-stalk 2.5-5 cm. Flowers are white to yellow with yellow or purple markings or blue-purple, 3.4-5.8 cm, outside hairless to sparsely finely velvet-hairy, inside hairless; tube nearly tubular, 2.5-4 x 1-1.6 cm; upper lip 7-10 mm; lower lip 1.2-1.5 cm. Filaments are 1-1.2 cm; pistil 2.4-3 cm, stigma inverted-trapeziform, 3.5-4.5 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.5-1.8 cm. Sepal-cup is 1.1-1.7 cm, 5-lobed from near middle; tube 3-12 mm; sepals slightly unequal, narrowly triangular to triangular, 5-7.5 x 3-4 mm, margin entire, tip tapering. Stem leaves are 4-10, opposite, widely spaced; leaf-stalk 0.2-4 cm x 1-2.5 mm; leaf blade oblique, lanceshaped to ovate or elliptic, 3-14 x 1.5-7.5 cm, thin herbaceous, base oblique, broadly wedge-shaped to heart-shaped, margin finely toothed to minutely toothed or crenulate, tip pointed to tapering; lateral veins 6-10 on each side of midrib, prominent. Capsules are erect, 7.5-12 cm. Hermit Henckelia is found in NE India to SE China and SE Asia, at altitudes of 200-2300 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Sihphîr area, Mizoram.

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