ANMAR20/27 Please identify this odd plant : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments(5)
I found this curious looking plant growing on a rock on the trek route to Mussoorie.
I do not know if I am looking at a dried up flowering plant or something lower down the evolutionary line.
Date: November 2014
Place: Mussoorie
Habit: Herb

plant with the dried dead twigs and fruits are perhaps mustard
the red thing at the bottom reminds me of a reddish cerebriform fungus I have seen in wet northern california and oregon forests on deadfalls .. what trees i dont remember, in those days did not take pictures of what I thought was not that important to my life… back in human diseases lab studies … it stayed with me… that similar looking lesions occur in human skin too !!! this is perhaps a
Ascocoryne sarcoides but I may be wrong
we need to contact … he is our fungi expert
hope he will tell us the true id

I do not think that is mustard, the arrangement of flowers (fruits) is much unlike mustard. I feel they belong to the same plant. Also, crushing the dry leaves (?) yielded a rich red color with a distinct smell.

so you were there did you take more pictures?/ and the red color on your fingers when you crushed the dried leaves… can we see them?
and did you save the crushed leaf to take to your lab and do some preliminary at least a paper chromatography?

so you surmised that this red mass is dried leaves?
its fungus i think even if its growing on a mass of dead leaves..
putting hands in such masses and sniffing such unknowns is a no no… the spres of the fungi can invade humans
when you go out on these expeditions take care not to do such things
to be a good scientist you ‘ll need to learn to be careful and to be thorough carry little envelopes and a forceps to save a sample if you you must do so… and label it right away or you’ll forget .. in these days its easy just put down your digital pic number…
…: Yes I was there but sorry to say that i didn’t click any photos of the color or do any tests. I do have one photo of the plant though
be careful and have fun collecting data…

… if and when you have time
please tell us what you think?

It may be some Gesneriaceae member; an angiosperm only.
At this stage difficult to ID without normal leaves and flowers.

Thank you very much … Let’s leave it at a maybe Gesneriaceae then.

Didymocarpus pedicellatus R. Br.  I guess!

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