Stalkless Pipewort
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Stalkless Pipewort
ative Photo: Prashant Awale
Common name: Stalkless Pipewort
Botanical name: Eriocaulon epedunculatum    Family: Eriocaulaceae (Pipewort family)

Stalkless Pipewort is a monsoon herb found on the plateau of Sahyadri hills. It has been only identified recently, in 2008. Leaves are arranged in rose-like clusters, narrowly linear, tip pointed, 0.2 – 2.5 cm long, 0.1–0.7 cm broad, hairless. Flower-heads occur singly, and are stalkless, which is unusual for pipeworts, which normally have flower-heads on tall stalks. Flower-heads are hemispherical, star-like, 0.5–1.2 cm in diameter. Receptacles are conical, villous. Bracts just below the flowers are ovate, 4–5 × 1.8–2.2 mm, whitish. Flower bracts are narrowly ovate, spreading star-like, 4–5.2 × 0.8–1 mm, hairy at the upper part of the inner face, whitish. Male individual flowers have 3 petals. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Anil Kumar Photographed at Kas Plateau, Satara, Maharashtra.

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