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20. Aeschynanthus gracilis Parish ex C. B. Clarke, Commelyn. Cyrtandr. Bengal. 75. 1874.

细芒毛苣苔 xi mang mao ju tai

Description from Flora of China

Aeschynanthus novogracilis W. T. Wang.

Stems ca. 30 cm, puberulent or spreading short hispid. Leaves opposite; petiole 1.5-2 mm; leaf blade elliptic to narrowly obovate, 0.8-2 X 0.4-1.1 cm, leathery, adaxially puberulent, glabrescent, drying wrinkled, abaxially puberulent, not punctate, base cuneate to rounded, margin entire, apex acute to rounded; lateral veins invisible. Cymes axillary, 1-flowered; peduncle absent; bracts deciduous. Pedicel ca. 8 mm, puberulent. Calyx green, 5-sect from base; segments narrowly triangular, ca. 4 X 1 mm, outside puberulent. Corolla red, central abaxial lobe yellow spotted, ca. 2.5 cm, outside puberulent, inside glabrous, mouth strongly oblique; limb distinctly 2-lipped; adaxial lip reflexed, ca. 4 mm; abaxial lip ca. 8.5 mm, 3-parted, central lobe oblong, lateral lobes oblique, deltoid. Stamens exserted; filaments 1.4-1.8 cm; anthers coherent in pairs at apex, ca. 2 mm; staminode ca. 6.5 mm. Pistil ca. 1.7 cm; ovary glabrous. Style ca. 5 mm, puberulent. Capsule 9-12 cm. Seeds with 1 hairlike appendage at each end, appendages 1.5-2 cm. Fl. Oct-Nov, fr. Apr.

On trees in forested valleys; 1300-1700 m. S Yunnan [Bhutan, N Myanmar, Sikkim, Thailand, N Vietnam].


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