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Dwarf Chirita   
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Dwarf Chirita
A Native Photo: Ashutosh Sharma
Common name: Dwarf Chirita
Botanical name: Chirita pumila    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Chirita flava, Didymocarpus speciosus, Henckelia pumila

Dwarf Chirita is an erect hairy annual herb, without rhizome, with rather large solitary or several drooping funnel-shaped pale purple flowers tinged with yellow, or flowers white. Stems are erect, 6-46 cm, velvet-hairy to sparsely hairy. Flowers are hairy, 3.5 cm long, with 5 short nearly equal rounded spreading lobes. Calyx is tubular, with dense white hairs and with narrow recurved sepals. Leaves are broadly lanceshaped pointed. toothed, the largest 6-10 cm. Capsules are erect, 6-12 cm. Dwarf Chirita is found in the Himalayas, from Himachal to NE India, China, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Thailand, N Vietnam, at altitudes of 800-2800 m. Flowering: July-September.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, Ashutosh Sharma Photographed near Kasol, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh.

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