Many-Flowered Swan Flower
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Many-Flowered Swan Flower
P Native Photo: Nidhan Singh
Common name: Many-Flowered Swan Flower
Botanical name: Globba multiflora    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Globba rubromaculata, Globba velutina

Many-Flowered Swan Flower is a herb with leafy shoots up to 2 ft tall. Leaves are lanceshaped, prominently with a tail, stalkless, 20-30 x 3-6 cm, velvet-hairy beneath; ligule bilobed, 1-2 mm, velvet-hairy. (flowers not clustered); cincinnus stalks 1cm or much less; bracteoles minute, soon deciduous. Yellow flowers are borne in panicle 15-30 cm long, with rachis and branchlets velvet-hairy, bracts small, soon falling off, those at base of inflorescence, producing bulbils, those from upper part subtending cincinni of 4-6 yellow flowers. Flowers are not crowded at the branchlet tips. Calyx is 3-lobed, 3-4mm. Flower tube is 3 times the length of calyx, petals ovate, 3mm. Lateral staminodes 3-4mm; lip similar, shortly bilobed. Stamen about 1.5 cm. Capsule is hairless. Many-Flowered Swan Flower is found in Eastern Himalayas, in Sikkim, Assam.

Identification credit: Nidhan Singh, M. Sabu Photographed in Vishwanath Distt, Assam.

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