Meghalaya Lantern Flower
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Meghalaya Lantern Flower
E Native Photo: Sobhapati Samom
Common name: Meghalaya Lantern Flower, Bell Heather • Mizo: Bawltehlantai
Botanical name: Agapetes odontocera    Family: Ericaceae (Blueberry family)

Meghalaya Lantern Flower comes from the Khasia Hills in Meghalaya, where it was discovered by William Griffith in the 1830s. Flowers are waxy, white-red, beautifully marked, narrow-conical in shape, opening into 5 triangular long-pointed petals. Flowers are mostly borne directly on old woody stems, and also in leaf axils. The species name odontocera refers to the toothed, horn-shaped extensions to the anthers. Leaves are long, elliptic-lanceshaped.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Imphal, Manipur.

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