Nepal Monkey Flower
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Nepal Monkey Flower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Nepal Monkey Flower
Botanical name: Erythranthe nepalensis    Family: Phrymaceae (Lopseed family)
Synonyms: Mimulus nepalensis, Mimulus assamicus

Nepal Monkey Flower is a perennial spreading herb, rooting at nodes, or erect leafy stems 15-25 cm tall. Oppositely arranged elliptic leaves are coarsely toothed and stalked, mostly 2-2.5 cm. Flowers are yellow, tubular, weakly 2-lipped, the upper lip erect, 2-lobed, the lower one 3-lobed, spreading. Flowers are born singly in leaf axils, on stalks which are generally longer than the leaves. Flowers are 1.5-2.5 cm long. Sepal cup is 1 cm long, tubular, distinctly 5-angled, with very short sepals. Sepal cup is inflated in fruit. Nepal Monkey Flower is found in forests and damp place of the Eastern part of Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SW China and Burma, at altitudes of 1200-3000 m. Flowering: April-September.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary, Sikkim & Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh.

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