Gymnostachyum polyanthum Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 4: t. 1494 1849. (syn: Cryptophragmium polyanthum Kuntze);
Scapigerous herbs; stem very short, puberulous. Leaves elliptic-ovate, 4-12 by 2-5.5 cm, base sublyrate, decurrent, margin subentire, apex subacute, non lineolate, chartaceous; petiole c.3 cm long, scape to 25 cm long, sharply 4-angled (4-winged). Cymes condensed, forming false raceme; corolla pale purple. Capsule oblong, cylindric, c. 2 cm long. Seeds c. 14, punctate.
Flowering and fruiting: April-July
India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
ANNOV43/43 Gymnostachyum polyanthum Wight : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (8)
Date: 15th November 2015
Place: Agumbe, Shimoga, Karnataka
Habit: Scapigerous herb
Habitat: Semi-evergreen forest
I thank … for providing me with the genus ID initially.
An illustration, a very old herbarium and a more recent one as well as the key in Prabhu Kumar sir’s paper helped in species identification.