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
Here’s a herbarium image matching with this
Catalogue of Life The Plant List Ver.1.1 WCSP Flora of Peninsular India – IISc POWO India Biodiversity Portal Kerala plants THE 2HR AQUARIST Aquasabi An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995) Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha (2004)