Eriocaulon gopalakrishnanum K.Rashmi & G.Krishnak.

    (Pipewort Family)
  • Family (Hindi name) : ERIOCAULON FAMILY
  • Family (as per The APG System III) : ERIOCAULACEAE
  • Species Name (as per The Plant List) : Not found in Plant list
  • Habit : Herb
  • Habitat : Mesa areas
  • Comments / notes : Eriocaulon gopalakrishnanum is seen in hilly regions between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea. The top of these hills is flat with lateritic soils. Geologically, these are called Mesa which support a characteristic herbaceous flora along with grasses during the monsoon season.
  • Key identification features : Leaves and spathe are pappilose in nature with scabrous peduncle, apex of involucral bract is entire, ovate, and concave and floral bracts are slightly keeled. Seeds are obovate in shape, dark brown in colour, with apiculate apex and with 3 – 6 projections.
  • Flower, Fruit : August-October
  • Distribution :
    • Kerala : Kasaragod district,Palakkad district,Kannur district,
  • Native : India
  • Endemism : Southern Western Ghats
  • World Distribution : India
  • Conservation Status : Data Defi cient
  • Literature : Rashmi. K and G. Krishnakumar (2014). Eriocaulon gopalakrishnanum sp. nov. (Eriocaulaceae) from the Western Ghats, India. Nordic Journal of Botany 32: 146–149.
  • Citation : Sankara Rao, K., Raja K Swamy, Deepak Kumar, Arun Singh R. and K. Gopalakrishna Bhat (2019). Flora of Peninsular India. gopalakrishnanum. Downloaded on 22 January 2022.


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