Showy Gentian Vine
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Showy Gentian Vine
ative Photo: Barun Das
Common name: Showy Gentian Vine
Botanical name: Crawfurdia speciosa    Family: Gentianaceae (Gentian family)
Synonyms: Gentiana speciosa

Showy Gentian Vine is a climbing plant in the Gentian family, found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to Burma, at altitudes of 2400-3300 m. Blue-purple bell-shaped flowers are borne in stalked clusters of 1-3 flowers, in leaf axils. Flowers tube has 5 triangular lobes, spreading ourwards. Sepal cup is 1.5 cm long, with 5 tiny outcurved sepals. Oppositely arranged leaves, 5-8 cm long, are elliptic, long-pointed, shart-stalked, with 3 prominent parallel veins. Leaf margin is irregularly toothed. Capsule is up to 4 cm long, with prominent 2-lobed style. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Darjeeling, West Bengal & Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Arunachal Pradesh.

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