Rare plant discovered in India for the first time in 100 years

Specialists from the BSI (Botanical Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India) have discovered the rare plant Aeschynanthus monetaria Dunn in the remote Anjau region of Arunachal Pradesh for the first time in over 100 years. This is reported in the journal Current Science.

The flower was originally described by the British botanist Stephen Dunn in 1912. Then it was classified according to the criteria of the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “disappearing”. This representative of the local flora was again noticed in December 2021. At the same time, the researchers took a sample for study, after which they confirmed that it was indeed Aeschynanthus monetaria Dunn.

This plant is popularly called “lipstick” because of the similarity of the flower with this female cosmetic product. The Indian specimen is distinguished by fleshy, rounded leaves with a green color at the top and purple-green at the bottom. Aeschynanthus monetaria Dunn grows in moist evergreen forests at an altitude of 543 to 1134 meters, the flowering and fruiting period falls on October-January.

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