Purple-Sepal Swan Flower
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Purple-Sepal Swan Flower
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Purple-Sepal Swan Flower • Mizo: Aithîng
Botanical name: Globba radicalis    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)
Synonyms: Globba purpurea, Globba mantifera, Mantisia radicalis

Purple-Sepal Swan Flower is a perennial herb characterized by flower panicles arising from the root, with most parts purplish, contrasting with yellow flowers. Panicles are about a foot tall, including the leafless flowering stem. Bracts are purple, with flowers arising singly in their axils. Sepal tube is purplish, club-shaped. Flowers are yellow, with a very narrow tube, the lower half of which is enclosed in the sepal-tube. Upper half is erect, making a right angle to the lower part. The petals and long stamens looking like a swan ready to take off, or a praying-mantis insect. Leaves are broadly lanceshaped, alternately arranged on the stem, with numerous veins. Purple-Sepal Swan Flower is found in East Himalaya, NE India, Bangladesh, Myanmar.

Identification credit: M. Sawmliana Photographed in Lunglei, Mizoram.

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