Thursday, October 27, 2011

பட்டன் ரோஸ்

Moss Roase (Portulaca grandiflora)  of Portulacaceae family. Flowers throughout the year.


 Kariyat (Andrographis paniculata)
Kariyat is an erect annual herb extremely bitter in taste in all parts of the plant. It grows erect to a height of 1-4 ft in moist shady places with smooth leaves and white flowers with rose-purple spots on the petals. Ref:


 Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant (Solanum trilobatum)   

Purple Fruited Pea Eggplant is a thorny creeper with bluish violet flower, more commonly available in Southern India has been used traditionally in Siddha system of medicines to treat various diseases. Ref:

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ceylon Spinach

Ceylon Spinach (Talinum fruticosum)   

Ceylon Spinach is actually native to the American continents, and widely naturalized in India.

Rain Lily Rose

Zephyranthes rosea is an ornamental shrub.
Rose Rain Lily are small flowers that are rose in color with a green base. The flowers are much smaller that of Rain Lily pink, and the throat is distinctly green. Source from:


 Madras pea pumpkin

(Old name Mukia maderaspatana). Cucumis maderaspatanus  is an annual climber. 


Galgal lemon (Citrus pseudolimon) from NBNP Garden.
(Crotalaria  evolvuloides) photo from Munnar Oct. 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011


Flossflower, (Ageratum houstonianum) is an annual herb planted as bedding plant in garden. (Photo from Munnar)

Friday, October 21, 2011

வேங்கை மரம்

 The Indian Kino Tree (Pterocarpus marsupium),  is a large, deciduous tree. Listed as Vulnerable tree in RED DATA BOOK. (14 years old tree flowering at NBNP garden). 


Blue Sage (Eranthemum pulchellum)    

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Striped Philippine Violet (Barleria cristata)    
Striped Philippine Violet is a plant native to Indian and South-East Asia, which grows into a shapely shrub.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bush Violet

 Bush Violet.(Browallia americana) from Munnar, Kerala (about 1800 MSL).Thanks to eflora team members for their help in identification of this plant.
It is an annual herb, growing up to 1 m tall, with erect, ascending, much-branched stems. It is native to Tropical America, cultivated as a garden plant in cooler parts of India.Ref:


 Pergularia (Pergularia daemia) is a  perennial climber, commonly found along the road side from Mangarai to Anaikatti road.   Pergularia has been used in folk medicine for the treatment of liver disorders. Information from 


 Egyptian rattle pod (Sesbania sesban).
S. sesban grows well in the subtropics and is significant in extending the nitrogen-fixing forage trees into cooler, higher elevation regions of the tropics. It has outstanding ability to withstand waterlogging and is ideally suited to seasonally flooded environments. When flooded, it initiates floating, adventitious roots and protects its stems, roots and nodules with spongy, aerenchyma tissue. It is common along streams, swamp banks and moist and inundated bottomlands. S.sesban shows some tolerance to moisture stress and tolerates soil alkalinity and salinity to a considerable degree. Source of information from: .


yellow slipper flower

Calceolaria tomentosa ( Calceolariaceae family), the yellow slipper flower, Photograh taken at Munnar, Town (October, 2011).

Monday, October 3, 2011

காட்டு ருத்தரக்ஷம்

West Indian Elm (Guazuma ulmifolia)   

Fruiting at NBNP Garden, Anaikatti Coimbatore Dist., (Sep.2011).
woody fruits which look similar to the true Rudraksh, used as beads in rudraaksh maala worn by sadhus.  Source from: