Ophiorrhiza roxburghiana Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 3: t. 1068 (1846)
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SW. India as per India Biodiversity Portal;
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Common name: Roxburgh’s Snake Root
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Erect subshrubs, stem puberulous. Leaves elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, base cuneate, glabrous except the nerves below and petioles when young, to 15 x 5 cm. Flowers in terminal hirsute cymes; peduncle about 3 cm long. Bracteoles linear, sparsely pubescent. Corolla shortly hirsute, yellowish-white.
Flowering and fruiting: December-January
Evergreen forests
Southern Western Ghats
(attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
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Ophiorrhiza brunonis at Munnar- PKA27 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)- around 450 kb each.

Seen this herb at Shola Forest near Munnar.
Bot. name: Ophiorrhiza brunonis

Family: Rubiaceae
As per FOI link (http://www.flowersofindia.Brown’s%20Snake%20Root.html ), this is Critically endangered sp. and it was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 2013.

Correct id is Ophiorrhiza roxburghiana as per POWO



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Plant for ID SMP2 – 23/2/2011:  Another plant…. a herb with opposite leaves
Also seen at Kudremukh
Size of the flowers few cm approx 1-2cm
For ID
I am considering the possibility of Rauwolfia serpentina ….but that classic red colour at the base of flowers is missing.


This is Ophiorrhiza sp of Rubiaceae family. Species, I have to check.


This appears close to images at Ophiorrhiza brunonis Wight & Arn.


But correct id is Ophiorrhiza roxburghiana as per POWO


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