Cladopus hookeriana (Tul.) C.Cusset, Fl. Camb., Laos & Vietn. 14: 71 1973. (syn: Griffithiella hookeriana (Tul.) Warm.; Mniopsis hookeriana Tul.; Podostemum ecostatus Griff. ex Tul.; Podostemum hookerianus (Tul.) Wedd.);

Endemic to the Western Ghats – Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala (Ahmeduliah and Nayar 1986, Cook 1996). It is seen from Bombay to Kerala (Subramanyam 1962) as per IUCN and ZOO 2011 as per India Biodiversity Portal;

Common name: Hooker’s Riverweed

Lithophytic herbs. Thallus variable, thread-like or disc-like, attached firmly throughout the length, bearing leafy secondary shoots. Leaves sheathing, distichous. Flowers minute, zygomorphic, bisexual, naked, emerging from a spathe; stamens 20, monadelphous; staminodes 2, linear; ovary superior, oblique, 2-locular; ovules many, on a massive placentae. Capsule nearly globose, splitting into 2 unequal lobes.

Flowering and fruiting: November-February
On submerged rocks in streams
Western Ghats
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi as per India Biodiversity Portal 




Cladopus hookeriana (Podostemaceae) : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)

Cladopus hookeriana (Podostemaceae)
12/2/2020, Murbad, Thane district, Maharashtra





ANDEC48 Please identify this small plant- Podostemonaceae? : 8 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary
Growing on the wet rocks adjacent to a stream

Excellent shots, …!

I think it is Indotristicha ramosissima (Podostemaceae).

very nice. tickled my funny bone reminds me of some scenes from pirates of the carribean… love it

Two more photos of habitat and habit-

Not Indotristicha ramosissima (Wight) P. Royen as per Fwd: Regarding Indotristicha ramosissima

I think it should be Dalzellia ceylanica as per FOI and Flora of Peninsular India

I do not think this is Dalzellia. According to the key – Flora of Peninsular India the flowers here are zygomorphic. Flower morphology is similar to Cladopus hookeriana (syn Griffithella hookeriana). But the family is diverse, so I am not sure if there is enough detail to confirm.



Plant posted by … is indeed Cladopus hookeriana I have observed two forms one without stalk and one with stalk I am attaching an image with a note from my diary.

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Cladopus hookeriana : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Cladopus hookeriana (Podostemaceae)
Lingmala, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
12 March 2020 


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