Elatostema punctatum (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Wedd., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 4, 1: 189 (1854). (syn: Elatostema polycephalum Wedd.; Procris punctata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don);
Himalaya to S. Central China: Assam, China South-Central, East Himalaya, Myanmar, Nepal, West Himalaya as per POWO;
Date: 31 August 2021
Habit : Wild
After checking all the species listed in the Checklist of Nepal and keys at Elatostema, I think it matches with Elatostema punctatum (Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don) Wedd. (Elatostema sessile var. polycephalum Wedd. in Checklist of Nepal) as per POWO specimen- one and two
Pl. check and confirm.
However our following earlier observations in this regard need to be looked again:
SK 2627 28 May 2020
SK 2787 17 October 2020
Shall we take this as Elatostema grande (Wedd.) P. S. Green ??
No, this is a different species.
SK 2627 28 May 2020 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Location : Balaju, Raniban, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Elevation : 1500 m.
Date : 16 July 2017
Habitat : Wild
Elatostema sessile J. R. & G. Forst. ??
Not sure if I have posted it earlier. I could not find in the listing.
This species is E. punctatum. Nepal is type locality. A very rare species.
Catalogue of Life treats Elatostema punctatum Wedd. as a synonym of Elatostema grande (Wedd.) P.S.Green.
SK 2787 17 October 2020 : 13 posts by 2 authors. 10 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Balaju, Raniban, Kathmandu
Date: 29 September 2020
Elevation: 1500 m.
Habit : Wild
Elatostema grande (Wedd.) P.S.Green ?
Syn : Elatostema punctatum Wedd.
Yes, appears close to images at Elatostema grande
I didn’t pay more attention to this before since in Wang’s book (Wang, 2014), it is named as E. punctatum. I need also check the original description and type of E. grande then I can confirm whether they are same
I have requested earlier also we have to decide which database we are following (I prefer POWO).
POWO treats E. punctatum (Buch.-Ham ex D Don) Wedd.as accepted name distributed in Himalaya and China, and E. grande (Wedd._ P S Green native to Norfolk Is.
FBI treats this as variety of E. sessile var. polycephala, characterised by leaves auricled at base, hispidulus beneath, receptacles small, clustered shortly peduncled.
To me it looks like E. sessile only
Handbook of Flowering Plants of Nepal (Vol. 1 Gymnosperms and Angiosperms … By K.K. Shrestha, S. Bhattarai, P. Bhandari