Thunbergia kasajuana

Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood, Kew Bull 75, 26 (2020);


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

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Thunbergia lutea T. Anders : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Another entry to the efi.
Sharing some pictures of Thunbergia lutea shot at Nagarkot Nepal at 7000 ft. on 13 August 2016.
It does not match with images of Thunbergia lutea at
Can it be Tunbergia grandiflora Alba as per
OR Thunbergia erecta Alba as per link

I guess it does not match with either of two but more close to the T. lutea as per the link
Also, color of flower, flowering seasonality and altitude also matches.
Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood

Published now as Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood ! 

Named after our major contributor, Sh. Saroj Kasaju ji.

Happy to share with members!
“I have a dream”- the famous line by Martin Luther King, always inspired me to have dreams and that no dream is too big or too small.  
And so a dream, a commoner like me dreamt of, has finally come true, by taking a small step towards the vast Flora world society. It is indeed a matter of great pleasure for a lay person like me to discover a new species of plant “Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood '' within the valley of Nagarkot. This contribution towards the Flora world has been made possible by Dr. Bhaskar Adhikari. I would like to express my gratitude towards him for believing in me, for taking it to the summit and establishing my identity within the flora science world. It has all been made possible through your persistent follow up and encouragement. I would like to thank my lovely wife Meera for her constant selfless support, my two children Swastika and Sameer who always motivated me to follow my aspirations, and friends and relatives who encouraged me in different ways to pursue my hobby. This discovery is dedicated to my dear Father Bhairab Ram Kasaju and mother Julum Kasaju, my birthplace Chautara, Sindupalchok and the Kasaju community.
Thank you.

Oh!!! What a discovery!!1
And what a day!!!
Thanks, Saroj ji,
I always knew you had it in you.
Your persistence and wandering through the forests for decades and contributing selflessly is beyond imagination.
Naming a species in your honour, is a great thing not only for you but to all of us in efloraofindia.
(ETYMOLOGY. The specific epithet kasajuana honours Mr Saroj Kumar Kasaju, who first discovered and photographed the species. Mr Kasaju is a citizen scientist contributing to our understanding of the flora of Nepal by taking photos of plant species from Nepal and India. He was actively involved in the identification of this species) 
Thank you ... for your kind words. I am grateful to specially you and also other members of efi and efi site which always gave me encouragement to venture deep into this field. 
What a great contribution.  Hearty congratulations. We are proud of your contribution.
Your knowledge is more than any TOP TAXONOMIST in the field of Botany.
Congratulations Saroj ji
Really a great moment.
Congratulations Kasaju ji, Great honour for eternity. 
Congratulations Saroj Ji for this great honour!!! 
It cannot be conferred upon, unless one really  deserves it.. I feel short of words to express my joy and my feelings towards the sustained efforts you have made all through these years..
All kudos to the endless hours spent in the field to highlight Flora Nepalensis on this and various other platforms.
A great honour to you by recognising your contribution to taxonomy. As a member of eflora group I am proud of your achievement. All the best in your dedicated work .
Congratulations Saroj ji.
This is a befitting recognition of your dedication and hard work and the hours you might have spent on the field.
It is indeed an honour to be thus immortalised.
Hope, everyone's dream come true in the Flora World like yours. Hearty congratulations Mr. Kasaju.
Hearty Congratulations Saroj Sir, Sooooooo happy to see the "Thunbergia kasajuana", in front of your commitment nothing is impossible, 
my best wishes to you for new more discoveries,
Thank you ... for the appreciation ! Definitely I shall be devoting my life for the cause.
It was an absolute pleasure to describe this Thunbergia kasajuana in honour of Mr Saroj Kumar Kasaju. I would like to thank efloraofIndia group and Garg ji for all the brilliant work you all have been doing. I think there are many more if we look at them closely. Here is the recent blog on the discoveries of new species on social media: https://stories.rbge.org.uk/archives/33585
Thanks, ... So nice of you, to think in this way.
We always remain indebted to you for the wonderful help you are rendering to the group.

It's a great honour for efloraofindia that a new species has been named after one of the most important member, Sh. Saroj Kumar Kasaju. Here is what he has to say  
"“I have a dream”- the famous line by Martin Luther King, always inspired me to have dreams and that no dream is too big or too small.  
And so a dream, a commoner like me dreamt of, has finally come true, by taking a small step towards the vast Flora world society. It is indeed a matter of great pleasure for a lay person like me to discover a new species of plant “Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood '' within the valley of Nagarkot. This contribution towards the Flora world has been made possible by Dr. Bhaskar Adhikari. I would like to express my gratitude towards him for believing in me, for taking it to the summit and establishing my identity within the flora science world. It has all been made possible through your persistent follow up and encouragement. I would like to thank my lovely wife Meera for her constant selfless support, my two children Swastika and Sameer who always motivated me to follow my aspirations, and friends and relatives who encouraged me in different ways to pursue my hobby. This discovery is dedicated to my dear Father Bhairab Ram Kasaju and mother Julum Kasaju, my birthplace Chautara, Sindupalchok and the Kasaju community.
(ETYMOLOGY. The specific epithet kasajuana honours Mr Saroj Kumar Kasaju, who first discovered and photographed the species. Mr Kasaju is a citizen scientist contributing to our understanding of the flora of Nepal by taking photos of plant species from Nepal and India. He was actively involved in the identification of this species). 

Many congratulations Saroj Ji! It's a great honour.
Wow, that is really great. Hearty congratulations Sh. Saroj Kumar Kasaju ji. I am very happy to know this. Its really a dream come true. Keep going..
Also, best wishes for many more new findings..
Congratulations to Saroj ji. You deserve it.
Power of citizen scientists is displayed once again. Mr Kasaju ji has learned a lot in a very short period of time and can identify numerous species. Great learning Sir.
Congratulations for inseparably associating with a plant species. 
You discovered a novelty and I believe more will come in near future.
Great to hear this news.
Congratulations Saroj ji.
Wishing you all the very best for the continuation of your passionate work.
Very wonderful happening, Saroj ji !!!
Hearty congratulations for this wonderful dream come true.
We all wish you many more new findings !!

Congratulations Kasaju ji, indeed a great honour.
Congratulations Saroj Ji again in this thread too...
You deserve it and it is really honouring your dedication and concentrated efforts towards building a strong affection with plants..
Hearty congratulations Saroj ji for the beautiful discovery! It's indeed a great honour! 
This is brilliant! Well done Saroj ji! My congratulations on this recognition.
Congratulations to your dedication and enthusiasm 
Hearty congratulations Saroj Kasaju ji, your hard work and dedication pays off. 
Hope to see more of such discoveries in near future... 
It is indeed an honor.
Congratulations to Saroj sir.

Thunbergia kasajuana : 3 posts by 2 authors.
Congratulations Saroj Ji, your work is rightly being applauded..
I could understand that much of Nepali😀

Thunbergia kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood : 5 posts by 1 author. 5 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Date: 12 September 2020
Elevation: 1825 and 2053 m. 
Habit: Wild

 


References:
Thunbergia kasajuana, a new species of Acanthaceae from Nepal- Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood, Kew Bull 75, 26 (2020) (Abstract- A new species of Thunbergia, T. kasajuana Bh.Adhikari & J.R.I.Wood is described from central Nepal. It is most closely related to T. grandiflora Roxb., because of its reduced annular calyx and similar inflorescence structure but differs in the much smaller corolla, herbaceous habit and different ecology. A description, photographs and a key to the species of Thunbergia native to Nepal are provided)
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