Thread-like Boeica
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Thread-like Boeica
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Thread-like Boeica
Botanical name: Boeica filiformis    Family: Gesneriaceae (Gloxinia family)
Synonyms: Chelone filiformis

Thread-like Boeica is an undershrub with small pink-purple flowers borne in loose thread-like panicles, arising from leaf axils. Flower-cluster-stalks are slender, 7 cm or longer. Flower-stalks and branches of inflorescence are thread-like, hairless. Bracts are small, calyx is 5-parted. Flower-tube is short, obscurely 2-lobed, lobes nearly equal, rounded. Stamens are 4, with short filaments with generally 2-celled anthers. Ovary is stalkless. Leaves are narrow-elliptic, with tapering tips, 10-15 cm long, 2.5-4 cm broad, lateral nerves about 9 on each side, base narrowed, stalk 0.8-2.4 cm. Capsule is linear, 1-1.5 cm long, beaked by the style. Seeds are small, smooth, ellipsoid. Thread-like Boeica is found in Eastern Himalayas in Lakhimpur, Cachar, Khasi and Garo Hills. Flowering: June.

Identification credit: Hareesh Vadakkoot Photographed in Behali reserve forest, Biswanath, Assam.

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