Unknown wildflowers

It feels odd to slip into a piece on unknown wildflowers of the Sahyadris with a the very common and widespread weed, lantana. They were introduced into India during the British period, escaped, and have now become great butterfly magnets. This species, the Lantana camara, is identifiable by the colours which give it its common name, Spanish flag lantana. As children we would pick the ripe black berries on these bushes and eat them by fistfuls.

But immediately after that I jump to species that I do not know. The Sahyadris are under constant surveillance by botanists and wildlife experts, so I’m sure that these species can be easily named by many. Unfortunately, I’m not a member of that smart set. Ingalhalikar’s three volume Flowers of Sahyadri is extensive, but unfortunately not useful as a field guide. So, all you trekkers, and amateur naturalists out there, I need your help with identification and suggestions for field guides.

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

18 thoughts on “Unknown wildflowers”

  1. These are so pretty. Wild flowers, and plants in general, are super cool. They pretty much take care of themselves, right? Everytime I am in the mountains, I am blown away when I see wild versions of houseplants – it is easy to forget they live outdoors!

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  2. Lantana reminds me of my childhood growing up in Florida. Can’t help with the unknown ones though! I also like to try to find out the names of the random wildflowers I take pictures of.

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  3. We have hedges of brightly coloured lantana in our native home. Realised only later that its a relocated species. In the forests of India lantana is considered highly invasive species, I read somewhere. I think in some writing by Jim Corbett or Kenneth Anderson.

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