Star-Anther Swan Flower
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Star-Anther Swan Flower
P Native Photo: M. Sawmliana
Common name: Star-Anther Swan Flower
Botanical name: Globba rahmanii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Star-Anther Swan Flower is a hairless herb up to 30-40 cm. Leaf-stalks are 5 mm; blade elliptic to broadly lanceshaped, 15-20 x 6-8 cm, base decurrent on the short leaf-stalk; tip drawn out into a 2 cm long, narrow tip. Inflorescence axis is thin, in upper part thread-like, hairless, recurved, with long, slender flower-cluster-stalk. Sterile bracts are linear, up to 6 cm long, sometimes subtending bulbils; fertile bracts also linear. Cincinni 5-10, hairless with a sterile proximal part of the axis, 3-6 cm and the distal, floriferous part with 8-12 flowers. Flowers are orange, flower-stalks about 5 mm, dilated at tip. Sepal-cup 4-4.5 mm, 3-lobed with pointed lobes, fringed with hairs at margin. Flower tube is finely velvet-hairy, 1.3-1.4 cm; petals hoodlike, 6-7.5 mm x 3-4 mm. Lateral staminodes are triangular, about 1.5 cm long, 9 mm broad below the rounded tip. Lip is 1.5-1.8 cm long, bifid with divergent, rounded lobes. Filament is about 2.5 cm long, anther 2 mm, lateral anther appendages bifid. Star-Anther Swan Flower is found in NE India and Bangladesh.

Identification credit: M. Sabu Photographed in Phulpui, Mizoram.

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