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Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz., Obs. 6:31. 1791. Clarke in Hook. f., l.c. 596; Collett, Fl. Siml. (rep. ed.): 380. 1921; Parker, l.c. 399; Bor & Raizada, l.c. 142; Cooke, l.c. 518.

Holmskioldia sanguinea

Credit: Fauzia

A large, evergreen, scandent shrub with slightly pubescent, quadrangular, young branches. Leaves ovate or elliptic-ovate, 5-12 cm long, 2.5-8 cm broad, entire to coarsely dentate, shortly acuminate, pubescent to glabrous; petiole 1.5-3 cm long; bracts lanceolate, 4-5 mm long. Cymes axillary, pedunculate. Flowers brick-red to orange, c. 6 mm across; pedicels c. 5 mm long. Calyx petaloid, c. 1.5 cm across. Corolla-tube curved, broadening upwards; limb sub-bilabiate unequally 5-lobed. Drupe 5-8 mm long, obovoid, 4-lobed, subfleshy, enclosed by persistent, enlarged, coloured calyx.

Fl. Per.: October-February.

Type: Described from India.

Distribution: Sub Himalayan tracts of India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, and Bangla Desh.

Sometimes cultivated in our gardens.


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