Eriocaulon quinquangulare L., Sp. Pl. 87 1753. (syn: Eriocaulon argyraeum Steud.; Eriocaulon erythropodum Miq. ex Körn.; Eriocaulon leucocephalum Steud.; Eriocaulon martianum Wall. ex Körn. [Invalid]; Eriocaulon quinquangulare var. elatius Moldenke; Eriocaulon quinquangulare var. martianum Fyson; Eriocaulon quinquangulare f. viviparum Moldenke; Eriocaulon scabiosa Crantz; Leucocephala graminifolia Roxb.; Sphaerochloa quinquangularis (L.) P.Beauv. ex Desv.);
Indian Subcontinent to Indo-China as per WCSP;
Assam; Bangladesh; India; Myanmar; Nepal; Pakistan; Sri Lanka; Thailand; Vietnam as per Catalogue of Life;
Leaves to 6 x 0.6 cm, falcate, acuminate, glabrous. Peduncles numerous, 10-30 cm high; sheath to 5 cm long, limb small. Head 6 x 5 mm, ovoid; involucral bracts 2 x 2 mm, obovate, toothed at apex, straw-coloured; floral bracts 2.5 x 1.2 mm, cuneate, abruptly acuminate, black, glabrous. Female sepals 3, equal, linear, sparsely hairy, black; petals linear-oblong, hairy, hyaline, glandulose; seeds oblong, appendages entire or cut up into rectangular strips on transverse walls. Male sepals black, united into a split sheath, minutely hairy, lobes truncate; petal equal, hairy; anthers black.
Flowering and fruiting: August-November
Banks of streams, paddy fields and marshy lands
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Eriocaulon nepalense for confirmation : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 660 kb each.
Please confirm this Eriocaulon sp.
To me it looks close to Eriocaulon nepalense
Family – Eriocaulaceae
Habitat – Marshy/Wet soil
Photographed at Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh
Altitude – 750meters
Dated – 8October2018
We have one variety posted by … at
Yes I have gone through the post by … but I think his plants have much black and smaller inflorescence head however I think it’s also Eriocaulon nepalense may be some other variety as its only species in Flora of HP that I found closely matching.
I hope some experts will confirm identity.
From laymen’s perspective, I may tend to agree as per the following:
This is Eriocaulon quinquangulare