Flower: The thin flower stalks rise from the main trunk of the vine, divide into two or more, form tubular fleshy parts which end in brownish yellow lips of the flower. Roughly pentagonal shaped, diameter: 2-3cm. From the side it appears like a saxophone ('Frenchman's pipe'). Buds stand out prominantly. They're hairy, folded into a triangle, pointing upwards, and whitish green, with purple veination. Frontal view is that of a bell. Leaves: Green on the front surface and faded appearance on the back; 9-12cm long, 6-8cm wide. NB: Side of a flower bud and part of the front of leaves can be seen on pic.no.2, and back on pic. no.4. Stem: Woody, it's a climbing vine, seen spread out among bushes in 3-4m diameter.
Warm to hot climate, bushy and shady side of River Sipla, near its conluence with Subansiri, Arunachal Pradesh. Spotted among the bush in the picture no.5, which's on the left side of the River Sipla (shady side). This river joins Subansiri some 100m down the stream.
On the morning of the final day, (day-5 of our 'rafting-angling-photography expedition' along Subansiri River), seniors were advised to avoid a stretch of dangerous river rapids, instead wade through the smaller River Sipla and join the rafts further down the river. While scrambling through the thick and difficult bush, I stumbled upon these beautiful flowers. And I'd like to share with you this strange, rare and beautiful flower in a remote jungle in Arunachal Pradesh.
Lat: 27.60, Long: 94.20
Spotted on Nov 16, 2013
Submitted on Feb 23, 2014
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