Swertia beddomei C.B.Clarke, Fl. Brit. India 4: 127 1883. ;

Erect herbs, to 60 cm high; branchlets 4-angled and obscurely 4 winged. Leaves opposite-decussate, sessile, 1-3 x 0.8-2 cm, ovate-orbicular, subamplexicaule at base, margins entire, obtuse at apex, 3-5 ribbed, coriaceous. Flowers in densely panicled, flat topped terminal and axillary corymbs, blue lurid or white, 4-5 mm across with a nectary at base; peduncle c. 15 cm long; pedicel c. 2.5 cm long. Calyx 4-partite, ovate-oblong or rarely lanceolate, 4-5 x 1-1.5 mm, prominently 3-5 nerved, obtuse or acute at apex, revolute at margins, minutely scaberulous. Corolla rotate; lobes 4, overlapping and twisted in bud, elliptic-obovate, 6-7 x 1-3.5 mm, obtuse at apex, often inflexed along margins, lobes with a nectary at base; nectaries with fringed margins. Stamens 4, epipetalous, inserted at base of corolla; filaments linear, ribbon-like, 2.8-3.5 mm long, dilated downwards; anthers oblong c. 1 x 1 mm, black or pale green, versatile. Ovary 1-celled, ellipsoid, 3.5-4.5 x 1-2 mm; ovules numerous, placentas slightly intruded; style short, 0.5-0.8 mm long; stigma bifid, capitate. Fruit an oblong, sessile, 2-valved capsule; seeds many, small.

Flowering and fruiting: November-April
Southern Western Ghats
Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)


Swertia beddomei C.B. Clarke from Bababudan hills : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).

Very nice picture! Thanks for introducing yet another endemic!



One more here

Date/Time- October 2012

Location – Western ghats, Karnataka, Chikmagalur district, Kudremukh range, approx 1500mtrs asl

Habitat – Wild – Grasslands

… a guess: species of Swertia (family Gentianaceae).

Does not appear to be a Swertia species.

My guess is that Gentianaceae should have five petals. Swertia and Gentia typical grassland plants has no cup like flowers that you have it
the picture. I guess this plant must be in Rubiaceae (typically like Borreria), stems quadrangular and leaves opposite. However, if they can
send me  other pictures showing full plant or clear flower/stem characteristics will help in better understanding. Forwarding again for
Id assistance please.

Yes, this is Swertia beddomei C.B.Clarke, as per images and details herein.



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