Thursday, January 31, 2013


Sekku traditional wooden oil extractor in Tamil Nadu (before 1970 to 1985)

தானியம்/ பயிர் இவற்றில் இருந்து எண்ணெய் எடுக்க பயன் படுத்தப்பட்ட சாதனம்.      
Sugarcane Extractor  
Thanks to Joss Brooks, Pichandikulam, for the photographs.

Grey mangrove Habitat

Grey mangrove or white mangrov (Avicennia marina) family Acanthaceae

Mangrove seedlings - propagule (Avicennia marina)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Striped Dewflower

Murdannia striatipetala Striped Dewflower Family: Commelinaceae (Dayflower family)

Striped Dewflower is found in northern Sri Lanka and southern India, in abandoned paddies, ditches, vicinity of waterholes, moist, seasonally swampy places. Flowering: November-March. Ref:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Wishbone flower

Torenia fournieri  Family: Linderniaceae

It is a perennial plant, with blue, white, or pink flowers that have yellow markings. It is widely used for  landscape purpose.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Paddy varieties

Paddy varieties display at the Indian Biodiversity Congress held at Bangalore (9-11 Dec. 2012)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Indian Biodiversity Congress

Indian Biodiversity Congress held at Bangalore 9-11 Dec. 2012.
One of beautiful display of traditional grains at the Congress exhibition.

Friday, January 25, 2013

குதிரைவால் புல்

Indian Comet Grass (Perotis indica), Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

  One of the common Grass along the river banks and sandy places.

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Gorbale   Ixora brachiata    Family: Rubiaceae (coffee family) is a small tropical tree found in evergreen forests of southern India.

Bicolor Alyce Clover

Alysicarpus pubescens    Family: Fabaceae (pea family)

Beautiful flowers are 8 mm across, with a yellow standard petal, red wings and dark-pink keel. Flowers open in the morning. Flowers open in pairs. Ref:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Goat Foot Vine

Ipomoea pes-caprae, a very good sand-binder, common
along coasts/beaches.


Cleome felina

Friday, January 11, 2013

Lollipop Climber

Lollipop Climber Diplocyclos palmatus    Family: Cucurbitaceae (Pumpkin family)

Lollipop Climber is a perennial climber with hairless stem. t is found in India, including the Himalayas, at altitudes of 200-1500 m. Ref:

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Butterfly Ginger Lily

Butterfly ginger lily
(Hedychium coronarium)

Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)Butterfly ginger lily is beautiful and fragrant flower native to East India


Flueggea leucopyrus    Family: Phyllanthaceae (Amla family)
Fruits edible.  Flowers attract numerous honeybees.