Clark's Swan Flower
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Clark's Swan Flower
P Native Photo: Ganesh Mani Pradhan
Common name: Clark's Swan Flower
Botanical name: Globba clarkei    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Clark's Swan Flower is a slender plant with leafy shoots under 1 m. It is named for the famous British botanist C.B. Clarke (1832-1906). Leaves are lanceshaped, with a tail, stalkless, 10-30 x 4-5.5 cm, velvet-hairy to hairless beneath. Flowers are borne in a narrow panicle, 15-30 cm long; bulbils many. Bracts are small, soon falling off each subtending a cincinnus of 2-3 yellow-orange, shortly stalked flowers; buds elliptic apiculate; cincinnus stalks 5-6 cm at base of inflorescence, bracteoles ovate, 3-4 mm. Sepal-cup is 0.8-1 cm, usually brownish. Flowers are yellow, tinged with brown, petals 8-9 mm, dorsal hoodlike. Lateral stamiodes ovate, equaling petals but narrower; lip 1.5 cm, wedge-shaped, shortly bilobed, lobes blunt. Stamen is 2-3 cm, anther 6-7 mm. Capsule is smooth, appearing verrucose when dry. Clark's Swan Flower is native to Nepal to East Himalaya and Thailand.

Identification credit: Ganesh Mani Pradhan Photographed in Kalimpong, West Bengal.

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