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Dwarf Gonatanthus   
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Dwarf Gonatanthus
P Native Herb
Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Dwarf Gonatanthus • Nepali: लेलधामखोस Leldhamkhos, पतरकच Patarkach
Botanical name: Gonatanthus pumilus    Family: Araceae (Arum family)
Synonyms: Caladium pumilum, Gonatanthus sarmentosus

Dwarf Gonatanthus is a herb which is characterized by large ovate-oblong heart-shaped, Arbi-like leaves. Leaves are 8-15 cm long and 5-10 cm broad, attached to a long stalk from the middle of the blade (what is called a peltate leaf). Flower is a 15-25 cm long stick like spadix, wrapped in a green covering (spathe). Fruit is a head of small yellow berries enclosed in the spathe-tube. The rootstock of the plant is tuberous. Flowering: June-August.
Photographed in McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh.