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
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?
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.
Thank you very much … Let’s leave it at a maybe Gesneriaceae then.
Didymocarpus pedicellatus R. Br. I guess!