Nettle Leaved Chirita • Nepali: आँख्ले Aankle;

North Bengal wildflower-ID Request-1 – 6May09 SJ : Attachments (1).  9 posts by 4 authors.
now that all previous posts from North Bengal have been identified, I am greedily posting more for identification. I have called this Gloxinia simply because it resembles that and my guess is not based on any knowledge.
Thanks once again to all for their helpful inputs and expert IDs.

I guess this is Common Limnophila i.e. limnophila heterphylla

Limnophila heterophylla appears appears to be a different plant as per link

It appears to me like Chirita utricifolia as per ‘Concise Flowers of Himalayas’ from Gloxinia family (Gesneriaceae). I didn’t find any net link though.
Here is one giving lot of Chirita species pix alphabetically: http://www.gesneriads.ca/genchiri.htm

Thank you, … Chirita utricifolio certainly looks like it though I couldnt find the exact matching flower.

I think … is right. Another Himalayan species Chirita pumila has lance-shaped leaves, which doesn’t agree with … picture.
A picture of Chirita urticifolia (by the way, urticifolia means nettle-like leaves)

Your hunch about the family was right! As … identified, Chirita uritcifolia belongs to Gloxinia family (Gesneriaceae)

Thanks for the interesting meaning of urticifolia and confirmation of … id.
Both the pictures in your and … links are similar to my photograph but not exact in terms of the coloration. Cannt really tell about the structure etc. as this is the only photo I have.
Shall I wait for some more suggestions or freeze the ID as Chirita urticifolia?
Thank you all once again.

Botanist friends tell me that colors are not very important in flower identification (although I find it a bit hard to digest). So, I think it can be safely frozen to Chirita urticifolia.


Sikkim Flower 2 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.

Scientific Name: Chirita urticifolia
Family: Gesneriaceae

Flowering: Aug-Sept
Location: South Sikkim
Date: Oct., 2010
Flowers red-purple streaked with yellow, funnel-shaped, 2-lipped

Chirita urticifolia Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 90. 1825. Beautiful flower. This could be a potential garden plant.

Chirita urticifolia : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Sharing some pictures of C. urticifolia shot on 24 August 2013 at Pharping Lalitpur Nepal at 4700 ft.

Superb !!!

Matches with images at Henckelia urticifolia (its accepted name)

Thank you updating with new name ! FoI still carrying same name.


Chirita urticifolia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (accepted name) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Sharing some pictures of Chirita urticifolia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (accepted name) shot at Tarakeshwor, Nepal on 27 August 2016 at 6000 ft.
Nepali Names : आँख्ले Aankleभेंडे  Bhende

Wonderful images.

NOID 1 Purple: GMP 002 – 0311/2011:
Pics by … being reposted for id

Pl check with Chirita urticifolia
Family: Gesneriaceae.


Fwd: Gesneriad member : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1) – 6 MB.
Gesneriad member

Id requested?
Arunachal Pradesh

Re: Bignoniaceae : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Location Kalimpong, Darjeeling, West Bengal
Kindly identify

Henckelia urticifolia (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) A.Dietr : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5) – around 1 Mb each
Location:  Suryavinayak, Bhktapur, Nepal
Date: 7 October 2017
Elevation : 5200 ft.
Syn: Chirita urticifolia Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don