When situated in its native habitat on rocky slopes in Sichuan, China, at altitudes around 1000 m, this species must appear much as it does in the photograph, where it is growing on the grounds of the JC Raulston Arboretum.
O. pankaiyuae was formerly known as Tremacron aurantiacum. When reclassified as an Oreocharis it needed a new specific name, as “aurantiacum” was already taken. The new name honours the Chinese botanist Pan Kai-Yu, whose many papers on Chinese Gesneriaceae included revisions of Oreocharis (Pan 1987), Isometrum (Pan 1986) and Tremacron (Pan 1988a).
Additional photos may be seen in a slideshow by clicking one of the links below:
- A close-up of the flowers on the feature plant above, showing their interesting tubular and downward facing form
- A fine specimen exhibited in the 2021 virtual show of the Gesneriad Society
- Another plant, nicely green-house grown
- A close-up of the flowers on the green-house plant
- Another plant, nicely grown outdoors