Gori Valley Tour: Aeschynanthus sikkimensis for validation..:
This epiphyte/parasite was found in the forests around Chokori during our recent tour to Gori valley… would like to share for validation.. id was provided by … along with interesting information on its pollination…

what a nice “parasite”
nice pics
what’s unique story about the pollination, can you share it?

This is actually not a parasite.

By the way … you again missed the Orchid there, Dendrobium monticola may be…

MSJuly,2015/04 for ID (Aeschynanthus sp.) : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Location : Hmunpui, Mizoram
Date : 23/07/2015

Habit : Epiphytic plant
Altitude : c.850 m.
Habitat : It grows wild on the tree
Genus : Aeschynanthus

overall it seems related to the goldfish plant/flowers but that’s Columnea
of course is part of Gesneriaceae as is Aeschynanthus part of Gesneriaceae
not knowing the sizes etc of flowers and leaves and other details  i cant go further.
both these are epiphytes so that’s not a differential feature.
Thanks for the upload, i got to see a nice flower

Aeschynanthus species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net) 

This looks similar to efi thread

Thank you sir


MS June, 6/09 Aeschynanthus sp. for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Location : Hmunpui, Mizoram
Date : 23/07/2015
Habit : Epiphytic undershrub
Habitat : Wild

Already identified as Aeschynanthus parviflorus in
MSJuly,2015/04 for ID (Aeschynanthus sp.)

Thank you sir

I have struggled to remember what this was. leaves and color of flowers were very familiar. these leaves reminded me so much of the

goldfish plant I used to have (before the days of widespread internet and digital photos). I have since discovered that my goldfish plant is called
Nematanthus strigillosus
 Moore 1973 and it belongs to Gesneriaceae  … where as this plant from NE INDIA. Aeschynanthus genus also belongs to Gesneriaceae family
BUT its very stange and interesting that Nematanthus genus grows exclusively in Brazil ie south american continent and Aeschynanthus genus in almost in India and south east of India i.e. Asian continent, a small specific region. I wonder how did the gene pool travel so far ??? Both genus plants are succulent and form trailing habits and good for hanging baskets.
Read about this intriguing family at this society page
nature is full of wonders. more i see more i know how much i dont know and how much remains to be looked into and how many things need genetic mapping


SK252DEC21-2016:ID ???? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

Aeschynanthus hookeri C.B. Clarke (accepted name)    ?????
Location: Pokhara , Nepal
Altitude:  2600 ft.
Date: 27 July l 2015
Altitude not matching.

Sepal look different from your earlier images of Aeschynanthus hookeri

I still think it is A. hookeri

I think look closer to images at Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng.

Dry opened up seed pods of Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng. 

I guess.
Pokhara on 8 April 2017 !
Attachments (2)


Orchid for ID, Sikkim NAW-JUL16-04 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Kindly identify this orchid with red flowers photographed in Sikkim in May 2015. I apologise that i have only a single view which may not be enough evidence.

Pl. check with images of Aeschynanthus perrottetii 

Of course Aeschynanthus….

Looks right to me.

Not Aeschynanthus perrottetii A.DC. as sepals look different as well as no distribution (as found only in western Ghats).
Looks rather closer to Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng. although image is not clear.

SK802 15 OCT-2017:ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location: Dolakha, Nepal 
Date : 5 September, 2017
Elevation : 5600 ft.
Aeschynanthus sikkimensis (C. B. Clarke) Stapf  ??

Yes to me also appear close to images at Aeschynanthus parviflorus

SK1017 15 MAR-2018 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Godawari , Nepal
Altitude:  5000 ft.
Date: 14 September 2013
Habit : Wild
Aeschynanthes hookeri C.B.Clarke   ???

MS Aug.2018/08 Aeschynanthus sp. for ID : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Dampui-ngaw, Mizoram
Date : 03-08-2018
Habit : Epiphytic plant
Habitat : Wild
Mizo : Hnah-chhah

Pl. check comparative images at

Any doubt on A sikkimense?

Thanks, …, for the id.
But better images are required for final confirmation as I could not find bract like structures at the base of the pedicel in images at Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng.


SK 2199 27 September 2019 : 9 posts by 3 authors. 4 images– 3 mb each. 
Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu
Date: 14 September  2019
Elevation: 1300 m.
Habitat : collected from wild
Aeschynanthes hookeri C.B.Clarke  ?

Attachments (2)- 3 mb each.

similar to your earlier submissions of the same sp

Yes ! Many posts. Wanted to make sure about the ID !

that’s ok. I was just mentioning that its visibly the same as those ided already from you

Calyx looks different in Aeschynanthus hookeri C.B. Clarke
Keys in Flora of Bhutan at Aeschynanthus, leads me to Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng.

SK 2732 09 August 2020 : 10 posts by 2 authors. 8 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Godawari, Lalitpur,, Nepal
Altitude: 1566 m.
Date: 28 July 2020
Habit : Wild
Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng. ??

Yes, appears close to Aeschynanthus parviflorus as per comparative images at Aeschynanthus


Looking for ID of Aeschynanthus specied : 3 posts by 2 authors. 2 images.
I am looking for ID of Aeschynanthus spp which bloomed in the month of August.
Bloomed at Yuksam in West sikkim.

Appears close to Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng. as per comparative images at Aeschynanthus

I guess you are right …


MS May, 2016/24 Aeschynanthus sp. for ID : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Sairep
Altitude : ca. 1,500 m.
Date : 11/05/2016
Habit : Epiphytic trailing shrub
Habitat : Wild

Thanks, …, Can you send close up of the flowers ?

I’m attaching herewith another same flowers for id
Attachments (1)

Aeschynanthus species so far in eFloraofindia

Please check with Aeschynanthus acuminatus Wall. ex A.DC.

This is also common in Manipur. I thought it might be A. perrottetii, but not sure.

Thanks, …, for the Id.
I think matches with images of Aeschynanthus perrottetii rather than those of Aeschynanthus acuminatus

This looks like Aeschynanthus parviflorus although the present pic is not clear enough to be sure. In this species the style protrudes out more than the stamens. In another close species Aeschynanthus hookeri  the style is shorter than the stamens. In the uppermost bunch of flowers in the pic, it does appear that the style is long-projecting out.

Thanks, … I think matches with images of Aeschynanthus perrottetii rather than those of Aeschynanthus parviflorus

I agree. I did not know about A. perrottetii

Also not Aeschynanthus perrottetii A.DC. as sepals look different as well as no distribution (as found only in western Ghats).
It is some other species not available in efi so far.

Is it Aeschynanthus lineatus Craib as per your recent publication ?

No it’s not. A different species. Need more details.

May I request you for high resolution images.

2 high resolution images.

Aeschynanthus sikkimensis (C. B. Clarke) Stapf ??

What are the species listed in your area?
Yes, appears close to images at Aeschynanthus parviflorus

Aeschynanthus acuminatus, A.gracilis, A.maculatus, A.manii, A.masoniae, A.parasiticus, A.parviflorus, A.sikkimensis and A.superbus are recorded in Mizoram.

Any keys ?

Keys lead me to Aeschynanthus maculatus (and matches as per GBIF specimens- specimen 1 and specimen 2),  which is now a syn.of A.parviflorus as per POWO.

After all it is Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng.  ??


Images by Pankaj Kumar (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more photos & complete details, click on the links)


MS,Oct.,2021/35 Aeschynanthus sp. for Id: 3 images.
Location : Ailawng
Date : 25-07-2018
Habit : Epiphytic plant
Habitat : Wild

Aeschynanthus sikkimensis (C.B.Clarke) Stapf ??

Yes, Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng. (syn: Aeschynanthus sikkimensis (C.B.Clarke) Stapf)


Unidentified Aeschynanthus species from Manipur: 5 images.

An Aeschynanthus species from Manipur, blooming in July. Flowers are orange, prominently hairy on the outside.
Although cultivated, quite likely a native species, or a species from SE Asia.
Any clue to its identity?

To me appears close to images at Aeschynanthus parviflorus (D.Don) Spreng.

Pl. check.

I think you are right … I hadn’t seen a close up of this species before