One hundred years later, researchers in Arunachal Pradesh discovered a rare plant. The tree was once known as the ‘Indian Lipstick Plant’ or ‘Lipstick Plant’.
Researchers from the Botanical Survey of India have found traces of this rare species in a district of Arunachal Pradesh. British botanist Stephen Troyte Dunn identified the plant in 1912. The red flowers of different species of this species are so named because they look like lipstick. However, the scientific name of this species is Aeschynanthus monetaria Dunn. According to researchers in a science journal, no such tree has been found in India since 1912.
The word aeschynanthus comes from the Greek word aischyne or aischyn, which means shame. And Anthos means flower. Its leaves also have specialties. The upper part of the leaf is green, but the lower part is purple and green. The tree bears fruit and flowers between October and January.
According to experts, this tree species usually grows in the middle of evergreen forests. The humid environment is conducive to this plant. This lipstick tree can’t adapt to the environment at all. Moreover, pitch roads, concrete houses and markets are built by cutting down the forest. Jhum cultivation is also widespread in Arunachal Pradesh. All of these factors are extremely hostile to this species of tree. So with the development of civilization, this tree was gradually lost. This time, the researchers found the fate of the lipstick tree a little unexpectedly.