Globba sessiliflora Sims, Bot. Mag. 35: t. 1428 1811. (Syn: Globba canarensis Baker; Globba careyana Roxb.; Globba ophioglossa Wight; Globba refractibulbigera Kuntze);
India to Thailand: India, Myanmar, Thailand as per POWO;

Rhizomatous herbs; rhizome small, 3 x 0.2 cm, conical, light yellow-grey inside; roots many, thick and fleshy, root tubers elongated. Leaf shoots 30-90 cm tall, lower vegetative bracts green to reddish-green, sparsely pubescent. Leaves shortly petiolate or sessile; ligule 2-3 mm long, membranous, bipartite, densely pubescent; lamina 5-20 x 2-5 cm, oblong-lanceolate, tip acuminate, lower surface densely pubescent, upper surface sparsely pubescent. Inflorescence terminal, 10-20 cm long, erect, bearing few to many slender branches in the axils of bracts, lower bracts subtend small, downwardly pointed conical bulbils; bracts small, 5 x 2 mm, ovate, prominently 3-nerved, glabrous, greenish-yellow, each fertile bracts subtends a cincinnus of 2 many flowers on a 4 mm stalk; bracteoles small, 3 x 2 mm, triangular, orange. Flowers 3.5-4 cm long, orange. Calyx truncate, 8 mm long, shortly 3-lobed, lobes equal, glabrous, greenish to yellowish-green. Corolla tube 1.8-2 cm long, orange, densely pubescent; lobes unequal, spreading; dorsal lobe c. 6 x 3 mm, cup-shaped with an apical hood, orange-yellow, lower middle portion minutely pubescent; lateral lobes c. 5 x 3 mm, ovate, orange-yellow, glabrous. Labellum much longer than the corolla lobes, 12 x 4 mm, linear, tip emarginate, orange-yellow, glabrous. Lateral staminodes c. 16 x 3 mm, linear, tip acuminate, orange, outer surface pubescent. Filament c. 2 cm long, slender, white, orange towards tip; anther small, c. 4 mm, thecae parallel, without any appendages, connective slightly projecting to form a hood at the tip. Style long, exserted from the anther lobes, mouth of the stigma hairy. Ovary 2 x 1 mm, wall smooth, unilocular with many ovules on three parietal placentae. Fruit c. 2 x 1.5 cm, globose to ovoid, slightly warted, dehiscent; seeds ovoid, hairy throughout, with a basal, lacerate aril.  

Flowering and fruiting: July-September
Along stream sides in evergreen forests
India to Thailand

Common in south-central Myanmar and the Western Ghats of India. In Thailand, only known from a few localities in Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces. Recorded to occur from 200 to 375 m asl in Thailand.

Grows in lowland evergreen forest.
(From  IUCN Red List (LC) )


ANSEPT34/34 Globba sp. for identification : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)

Family: Zingiberaceae
Date: 12th September 2015
Place: Thattekadu Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala

Habit: Herb
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest

Globba ophioglossa Wight

Amomum ? SN 141117 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
Wild Zinziberaceae herb near Thammakutthu water falls, Thodupuzha Kerala, bulbils are produced in the inflorescence, which are germinating.

Globba ophioglossa

Plant list has treated like this. Globba sessiliflora Sims (= Globba ophioglossa Wight).

Globba sessiliflora ? at Munnar- PKA18 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)- around 500 kb each.

This herb was spotted en-route Munnar.
Looks like Globba sessiliflora? Pl. confirm the ID..
Family: Zingiberaceae

Globba sessiliflora

Globba species for ID : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Please identity this gobba 
location Silent valley 
dated 8th July 2009

Any leaves, …?

Globba racemosa

Thanks, …. But it is only reported from Himalaya to S. China as per WCSP.  Can it be some other species like Globba orixensis or it has been recently reported from Kerala ?

Globba ophioglossa (=G. sessiliflora) ?


Please identify the flower :  Attachments (1). 9 posts by 6 authors.

Here I attached the picture of Common Banded Demon nectaring from
Zingiberaceae famiy flower…this plant is very common in the undergrowth of evergreen forests (Western Ghats)
This picture taken from Arippa forests (Kulathupuzha), Kerala.
The flowering of this Zingiberaceae during monsoon and post monsoon period.
Please identify this flower.

Globba sp. Probably Globba multiflora

Globba sp of Zingiberaceae. I have to check for the species. Will do later. A monsoon flowering herb in the lower-storey of almost all habitats.

Globba species alright… common in shaded woody areas in West Bengal…
the flower panicle shape and overall density of flowers is different from the ones I have seen here…

Globba marantina for me

It is Globba ophioglossa



Valparai 280614 TBN for id ? Zingiberaceae / TBN June 8 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Please identify this Zingiberaceae plant seen on the roadside at Valparai. 

I think this is Globba schomburgkii

It is Globba ophioglossa


Aracaceae, Araceae & Zingiberaceae Fortnight 1-14Aug14: Globba ophioglossa from Kerala : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).

Another very good share. Thanks …


Araceae, Arecaceae and Zingiberaceae Fortnight: August 1 to 14, 2014 : Zingiberaceae : Globba ophioglossa : Kerala : 280814 : AK-106 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Seen on way to Kumarakom in Oct, 2008.
Posted earlier, identified by …


160 ID wild plant Globba sp.: 18 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 25.08.2021, 02.45pm
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: erect/slight obliquely, weak fleshy stem, lite aromatic, rhizome, annual
Height: 03.5 feet
Leaves: alternate, oblong, apex, lite aromatic, size:35×8cm
Flower: pyramidal racemose, clustered, size:4×2×1cm, yellow, non fragrant
Fruit: globular green
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Globba ophioglossa Wight !

Please verify !

Yes, it is G. sissiliflora, I am verified

Yes ! Correct is Globba sessiliflora Sims !

Globba sessiliflora (G. ophioglosa)

Sharing more information and image.
Fruit: semi globular green diameter:9mm edible lemon tasted
Seed: semi globular brown up to 18, hairy, diameter:02mm

Fwd: For ID: 130110-AK-1 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
This picture was taken on 20th Oct, 08 by the roadside on way to Kumarakom in Kerala.
If you could kindly identify it for me.

Looks like Globba of Zingiberaceae.

Globba ophioglossa





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