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. A closeup of the flowers shows their interesting tubular and downward facing form.
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).