Aristea ecklonii Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 16: 112 1877. (Syn: Aristea cyanea De Wild. [Illegitimate]; Aristea dichotoma Eckl. ex Klatt [Illegitimate]; Aristea lastii Baker; Aristea maitlandii Hutch. [Invalid]; Aristea paniculata Pax; Aristea stipitata R.C.Foster);


Please help to identify this herb, planted in a garden at Kotagiri, TN.
Could this be any Amaryllidaceae species?


09-04-2011 / 05:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

ca.1800m ASL; Kothagiri, TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-


Plant Habit-



0.5 m long bush

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size-

c. 30 – 35 cm long;

Inflorescence Type/ Size-


Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-

2-3 cm across

Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-


i think this is ground orchid.

This is not an Orchid I hope

Possibly any species of Chlorophytum

Looks like a member of Iridaceae.

This could be Aristea ecklonii Baker (Iridaceae)

Bangalore-Ooty November 2013 :: Requesting ID of this plant with blue flowers at Ooty :: 11122013 :: ARK-14 : Attachments (5). 6 posts by 4 authors.
Requesting to please ID this plant captured in a cultivated garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu in November 2013.

Seen a similar flower in Sri Lanka.
Would like to know the id.

Aristea ecklonii of Iridaceae?

Thank you … for the ID.
I understand that it is considered as a weed in Australia.

Please find my earlier posting on the same plant here in our group. I saw this plant in Kothagiri

Aristea ecklonii : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Aristea ecklonii
Eravikulam WLS, 
Munnar, Kerala, in the Nilgiris
First week of October 2018

i thought this was a weedy plant but seems people plant them. we have a page
where both examples were planted.
nice crisp image, esp the closer pic of flower.

I did see the EFL page and understood that this is not native to India or the Nilgiris but I don’t think it must have been planted at Eravikulam, looked quite wild and at home. it was at the edge of the area beyond which tourists are not allowed to go any further. i wonder what the explanation for this might be. maybe flying seeds, or shoes of tourists or the forest workforce

we have a page /species/a—l/i/iridaceae/aristea/aristea-ecklonii

on that page are two cases
red ink is used to hight area where that particular case was found
1: planted in a garden at Kotagiri, TN.
2:  plant captured in a cultivated garden in Ooty, Tamil Nadu in November 2013.
3: Seen a similar flower in Sri Lanka.
so it has been around a few years ago since this is self reported by citizen scientists, its random. we would not know its real area of occurrence.
i think i had seen seeds to be bought and sold in some african country website. so possibilites are many, for its source.

May be started getting naturalised?  

I suppose you could be right …


SK 3478 13 May 2022: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Eden Project, Cornwall, UK
Altitude: 60m.
Date: 03 April 2022

Habit : Cultivated


Try Aristea ecklonii  ..see my images below




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