Dipcadi saxorum Blatt., J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 32: 736 1928. (Syn: Ornithogalum saxorum (Blatt.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt);
Dipcadi (montanum VERSUS saxorum): Please provide key(s) to differentiate the two species:
Had been to Kanheri Hills yesterday and found Dipcadi, hopefully saxorum … it looks very much like D. saxorum.
Have been ruminating on the possibility of D. saxorum for my Kanheri plant …
I am pleased to confirm that the image which I have posted is Dipcadi saxorum Blatt.
Thanks … for confirming the ID. Dipcadi saxorum is i think endemic to Kanheri region.
D. saxorum is common at many places in maharashtra
Dipcadi saxorum from Borivali, North Mumbai : Attachments (8). 6 posts by 5 authors.
Endemic to Maharashtra, the scapigerous Dipcadi saxorum was described by Father Ethelbert Blatter from the rocky plateaus atop the Buddhist rock-cut Kanheri Caves within Borivali National Park, North Mumbai. These basalt uplands are studded with the flowering scapes of this herb in the monsoon.
The flowers are quite small at about 1.2 cm in length and the pedicel is around 0.6 cm long. The pea-sized fruits are 3-lobed; having examined a number of these capsules, I’ve noticed that each cell bears 6-7 seeds unlike Blatter’s description – “cells 5-seeded”.
Have attached a scan of the original description from a paper by Ethelbert Blatter & Charles McCann – Some new species of plants from the Western Ghats (1928), Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, vol. 32, p. 736.
Photographed in the type locality of this herb on an overcast morning last week (2.8.13)
Yes, really an illustrative and informative post. Last year i too had seen this Dipcadi at kanheri caves.
India is one of the centre of diversity of Dipcadi Medik. (Asparagaceae) genus with 10 species in India. One infraspecific category is also proposed to species level which will make the species count to 11. In world there are 41 (+1) species and Indian area is western most distribution of this genus. In this genus 6 species are threatened and almost all of them are endemics.
This species is mentioned as Vulnerable in Red Data Book of Indian Plants.
Hope this species is rehabilitated in other protected areas and botanical gardens also for better survival.