Melianthus major L., Sp. Pl. 2: 639 [as 939] 1753. ;
Cape Prov.; Introduced into: Bolivia, East Himalaya, Norfolk Is., Spain, St.Helena as per POWO;
Melianthus major (giant honey flower or Kruidjie-roer-my-nie) is a species of flowering plant in the family Melianthaceae. It is an evergreen suckering shrub, endemic to South Africa and naturalised in India, Australia and New Zealand.
It grows to 2–3 m (7–10 ft) tall by 1–3 m (3–10 ft) wide, with pinnate blue-green leaves 30–50 cm (12–20 in) long, which have a distinctive odour. Dark red, nectar-laden flower spikes, 30–80 cm (12–31 in) in length, appear in spring, followed by green pods. All parts of the plants are poisonous.
(From Wikipedia on 16.1.14)
Bangalore-Ooty November 2013 :: Requesting ID of this plant at Ooty :: 17122013 :: ARK-20: Attachments (4). 9 posts by 6 authors.
Very interesting find. I have not seen anything like this before. It is a Polygonaceae and is probably a Rumex or some other genus of that family.
This is an exotic plant growing in upper Nilgiris. Melianthus major, Melianthaceae
… is absolutely correct. It is a South African plant introduced and naturalised in W. Himalayas and NIlgiri hills.
Very interesting plant!
For ID assistance ornamental from Ooty SN July 14 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
ID of ornamental ? shrub ? garden escape in Nilgiri hill, Tamilnadu
Melianthus major (giant honey flower) of family Melianthaceae.