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Tubeflower Boeica   
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Tubeflower Boeica
P Native Photo: Bhaskar Joshi
Common name: Tubeflower Boeica
Botanical name: Boeica fulva    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Boeica griffithii

Tubeflower Boeica is a perennial herb with stems up to at least 15 cm, woolly, becoming hairless. Flowers are borne in many flowered cymes which are carried on flower-cluster-stalks 10-15 cm, woolly, becoming hairless; bracts 2, linear, 1-5 mm. Flowers are purple, tube-like, about 4 mm; tube not swollen. Filaments are about 1.5 mm. Flower-stalks are 0.4-1 mm. Sepals are narrowly triangular to linear-lanceshaped, 1-2.5 mm, outside finely velvet-hairy to woolly, margin entire. Leaf-stalks are 0.6-6.5 cm, woolly; leaf blade lanceshaped-elliptic to inverted-lanceshaped, 10-17 X 4.5-6.5 cm, above woolly, becoming hairless, below densely woolly, base narrowly wedge-shaped to rounded, margin irregularly shallowly finely toothed, tip pointed to tapering; lateral veins 11-16 on each side of midrib. Capsules are 7-10 mm. Tubeflower Boeica is found in the mountain regions of Bhutan, NE India, S China, at altitudes of 1300-1400 m.

Identification credit: Bhaskar Joshi Photographed in Seijosa, Arunachal Pradesh.

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