Chinese Snake Jasmine   
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Chinese Snake Jasmine
P Native Photo: Angela Pangkam
Common name: Chinese Snake Jasmine
Botanical name: Rhinacanthus beesianus    Family: Acanthaceae (Acanthus family)

Chinese Snake Jasmine is a shrubs up to 1.5 m tall. Beautiful white flowers, with pinkish tinge, are borne in panicles at branch-ends, 12-15 x 8-9 cm. Bracts are leaflike, lanceshaped, 0.8-1.2 x 0.3-0.4 cm. Flowers are stalked, sepals linear, about 10 x 1.5 mm, velvet-hairy, 1-veined, tip pointed. Flowers are fragrant, outside gland-tipped velvet-hairy; tube about 4 cm long, lower lip lobes are elliptic, 2-2.5 cm; upper lip about 2 cm, tip 2-cleft. Stamens are about 1 cm. Stems are 4-angled, nearly hairless. Leaf-stalks are 0-4 mm; leaf blade elliptic to narrowly obovate to inverted-lanceshaped, 20-24 x 6-8 cm, below hairless, above slightly velvet-hairy, secondary veins 8-10 on each side of midvein, base narrowed and decurrent onto leaf-stalk, margin slightly wavy to nearly entire, tip pointed. Chinese Snake Jasmine is known only from Yunnan province in China, but we found it in Arunachal Pradesh in 2019. Flowering: August-November.

Photographed on the banks of Siang River, East Siang distt., Arunachal Pradesh.

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