Ophiorrhiza roxburghiana Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 3: t. 1068 (1846)
SW. India as per India Biodiversity Portal;
Common name: Roxburgh’s Snake Root

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)


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


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