Botanical name: Agapetes macrantha var. grandiflora Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)
Synonyms: Agapetes grandiflora, Ceratostema variegatum
Large Lantern Flower is a shrub, up to 10 m tall, growing on trees. Stem is robust, round, warty, hairless. Leaves are arranged in pseudo-whorls, alternate, pseudowhorls 2-3 cm apart, 3-4 leaved, blade 19-25 x 3-4 cm, leathery, above dark green, below pale green, hairless both side, leaf-stalk short, 0.2-0.4 cm long, green, hairless, base wedge-shaped, margin entire to distantly sawtoothed, tip sharply tapering. Flowers are borne in hanging fascicles, arising from stem, hairless, 2-10 flowered, flower-cluster-stalk short, upto 5 mm long, green. Flowers are up to 10 cm long, 1.5 cm in diameter, pinkish-white, upper part pink transverse stripes, lower part longitudinal pink stripes, fleshy, cupulate, obconical, flower-stalkar bracts brown, 2 mm, sub- triangular, tip cute, hairless. Sepal-cup is 5 lobed, 0.6 cm long, greenish-pink, hairless, lobes ovate, tip pointed. Flower tube is 5 lobed, 7 cm long, lobes coiled downwards when matured, green, base tubuler, pinkish-white, hairless. Stamens are 10, closely associated, surrounds the style, 6 cm long, filament upto 5 mm, white, fleshy, incurved, hairless inside, anther up to 1.3 cm long, white, dark brown when matured. Large Lantern Flower is native to NE India, Bhurtan, Bangladesh, Myanmar. Flowering: October-December.
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