Common name: Son Ghanta • Marathi: सोनघंटा Son Ghanta
Botanical name: Abutilon ranadei Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Son Ghanta is one of the critically endangered plant species of the
Western Ghats. It is endemic and restricted to four districts of
Maharashtra State. This endangered species was named after N. B. Ranade
who was the keeper of the Herbarium at the College of Science, Pune, who
died of the plague in 1897. It is a shrub 3-5 ft tall characterized by 2
inch long bell-like hanging golden yellow flowers. The five petals are 4
cm long, orange yellow, veined with purple. Stamens are united at the base
into a tube 2.5 cm long. Styles are 5, longer than the stamens.
Alternately arranged leaves, 10-20 cm long, are heart-shaped,
long-pointed, with toothed margins. Fruit is 2 cm long, hairy and ribbed.
Identification credit: Prashant Awale
|Photographed at Gothane at Kundi Ghat, Maharashtra.|