Botanical name: Eriocaulon tuberiferum Family: Eriocaulaceae (Pipewort family)
Tuberous Pipewort is a small aquatic herb, found in the Western Ghats. It is 12-25 cm tall, with a tuberous root, with 5-15 tubers with stalks. Narrow lance-shaped leaves, 2-5 cm long, arise from the base. White flowers-heads shaped like hats, as carried on 10-20 cm long, grooved, twisted stalks. Flower-heads are 6-7 mm in diameter. Dark colored bracts as seen in the flower-heads. Male flowers are numerous, whereas female flowers are few, mostly on the rim of the "hat". Flowering: September-October.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
The flower labeled Tuberous Pipewort is ...