Red Iochroma
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Red Iochroma
E Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Red Iochroma
Botanical name: Iochroma gesnerioides    Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Synonyms: Iochroma coccineum

Red Iochroma is a tree and grows primarly in the wet tropical biome. It is generally cultivated as a shrub, 6-12 ft tall, but can grown into a tree under favorable conditions. Branches are velvet-hairy. Leaves are narrow ovate-elliptic, and the flowers are red, tubular, about 2 inches long, growing in hanging fascicled umbels. The blooms, which are scarlet or coral on the outside and orange on the inside, have long stamens which slightly protrude out. Sepal cup is 5-toothed. The flowers attract bees and butterflies. Red Iochroma is native to Colombia to Ecuador, cultivated elsewhere.

Identification credit: Susmita Basu, J.M. Garg Photographed in Darjeeling, West Bengal.

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