A tuberous erect herb. Stem branched or unbranched, pubescent above, 45 - 50cm high. Leaves opposite; petiole 2.3 - 2.5cm long, rigid, deeply channeled, glabrous; lamina ovate, ovate-oblong to ovate-lanceolate, 6.0 - 9.0cm long, 3.0 - 6.0cm across, base rounded or subcordate, apex acute or acuminate, hairy above, hairs bulbous based. Flowers in subumbellate cymes, arising from between petioles, and axillary; peduncles 0.5 - 1.5cm long, hairy; pedicels 0.8 - 1.5cm long, hairy. Calyx 5-partite; lobes subulate, broader at base, 3.0 - 7.0mm long, hairy or glabrous. Corolla 3.0 - 4.0cm long, usually curved, greyish outside, striated; tube distinctly inflated at base in lower ⅓ to ¼ part, uniformly cylindric above, narrowing at apex, 2.2 - 2.8cm long, inflated portion outside at base with minute purple blotches or guiding spots, inside with a ring of hairs at bottom and with distinct longitudinal purple lines and a dull white ring at mouth separating narrow elongated dark purple parts above, white ring visible outside also; lobes obovate-acute, yellow inside, 6.0 - 7.0mm long, up to 4mm across, glabrous, tips incurved, connate, forming a subglobose head. Corona biseriate, up to 1mm long; outer (gynostegial) corona lobes cupular, consisting of 5 shortly bifid or truncate lobes, with a long bristly hairs; inner (staminal) corona lobes 5, clavate or subclavate, erect, divergent, up to 2mm long, long hairy. Pollinarium erect, waxy with pellucid layer. Corpuscle 94 - 98µm long; head up to 35µm long, up to 65µm across, broader than long, rounded at apex, apical portion subretuse; stalk up to 58µm long, up to 25µm across. Caudicle 48 - 50µm long, up to 16µm across. Pollinia oblong, up to 204µm long, up to 94µm across.
For the developers at New York start-up Networked Organisms, smartphones are the butterfly nets of the 21st Century. Their tool, Project Noah, lets people upload photos of plants and wildlife around them, creating a map of the natural world and contributing to scientific research in the process.
Bespectacled scientists of yore would carry around hefty field guides, made up of hundreds of pages of text and photos. But these days, smartphone owners have a lighter option: an app called Project Noah, which aims to help people identify plants and animals as well as collect data from "citizen scientists" about where certain species are located.
Project Noah enables us to be part of a more focused online community where we can learn more about wildlife around us and contribute to scientific research. It pulls participants into deeper, more meaningful engagement by enabling people to go on “missions” to collectively map changes based on sightings.
A modern invention that may also hold the key to saving species in the future. Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter, using a purpose built phone app and web community. In addition to the virtual "collection" of species, Project Noah encourages citizen science by linking up with existing surveys including the International Spider Survey and the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.