Eriocaulon cinereum R.Br., Prodr. Fl. Nov. Holl. 254 1810. (syn: Eriocaulon amboense Schinz; Eriocaulon ciliiflorum F.Muell.; Eriocaulon cinereum var. sieboldianum (Siebold & Zucc. ex
Steud.) T.Koyama; Eriocaulon formosanum Hayata; Eriocaulon heteranthum Benth.; Eriocaulon heudelotii N.E.Br.; Eriocaulon reductum Ruhland; Eriocaulon sieboldianum Siebold & Zucc. ex Steud.; Eriocaulon steinbachii (Moldenke) Moldenke; Eriocaulon stuhlmannii N.E.Br.; Eriocaulon taiwanianum S.S.Ying; Leucocephala spathacea Roxb.; Paepalanthus steinbachii Moldenke);
Native to: Tropical & S. Africa, Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia: Afghanistan, Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Botswana, Burkina, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Mali, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, Niger, Northern Territory, Philippines, Queensland, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sumatera, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Bolivia, Brazil West-Central, California, Italy, Louisiana, Venezuela as per POWO;
Elevation: 1340m asl
Date: 19 Sep 2020
Eleocharis congesta D.Don ???
Looks alike but the spikelet not matching…
Pl. check with Eriocaulon species
Thank you …! Close to Eriocaulon cinereum R.Br.
Eriocaulon species are very confusing.
What are the species reported from your area?
You have check with details at GBIF, Checklist of Nepal, Flora of China, FoC illustration, POWO etc.
Thank You …! I found it in a semi-aquatic habitat. The inflorescence heads are black and the leaf 4-6mm wide, has 3 distinct midribs. It might need further observation.
I just want you to eliminate other species found in your area.
Other possible species in Kathmandu valley are
1) Eriocaulon nepalense J.D.Prescott ex Bong.
2) Eriocaulon nepalense var. luzulifolium (Mart.) Praj. & J.Parn.
3) Eriocaulon staintonii Satake
On checking in GBIF, I found two specimens of Eriocaulon nepalense J.D.Prescott ex Bong. (one of them having the earlier name of Eriocaulon staintonii Satake). Pl. see
For Eriocaulon staintonii Satake, GBIF does not have any specimen.
Also GBIF does not show any specimen of Eriocaulon cinereum R.Br. However, there are many specimens from India. Two of them given below:
From the above, I am also leaning more towards Eriocaulon cinereum R.Br. as a layman.
Pl. have a look again.