Archive for 'Acanthaceae'

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) bloom of 2018

Neelakurinji (Strobilanthes kunthianus) bloom of 2018

Last time these flowers were seen was 12 years ago, and the next time will be in 12 years! During an entire century this species will bloom only 8 times – that is how unique and rare these flowers are. For 11 years the plant is growing and in the 12th year it is all […]

Ruellia insignis UV

Very prominent against dark leaves and the rocks in UV. Endemic.

Ruellia insignis

Ruellia insignis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Ruellia insignis

Ruellia insignis

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Dicliptera effusa

Dicliptera effusa

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Dicliptera effusa

Dicliptera effusa

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Asystasia gangetica UV

Mostly white in visible light but dark in UV.

Asystasia gangetica

Asystasia gangetica

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Asystasia gangetica

Asystasia gangetica

This plant is one of many interesting species I found in a very small area in a valley at 320 meters altitude. A river runs through on the valley floor, supporting lots of more water demanding species, but just a few meters up the mountain slopes a rocky a harsher environment with lots of plant […]

Trichocalyx obovatus

Trichocalyx obovatus

Similar to trichocalyx orbiculatus which has orbicular leaves. Uncertain if this could be a variation of one species.

Trichocalyx obovatus

Trichocalyx obovatus

If you encounter a flowering Trichocalyx obovatus you will very likely see a Socotra Sunbird (Chalcomitra balfouri) visit for a sip of nectar, as I did here. The steep slopes of western Socotra provide shade for life on the ground for most of the morning, and the ground receives moisture from myriads of cracks channeling […]

Ballochia atro-virgata

Ballochia atro-virgata

Yet another excellent specimen of a plant species on Shuab beach of west Socotra. Non-glandular calyx and taller than 50 cm.

Ballochia atro-virgata

Ballochia atro-virgata

Yet another excellent specimen of a plant species on Shuab beach of west Socotra. Non-glandular hairs on calyx, and specimen taller than 50 cm.

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

In the middle of the beautiful Shuab beach there is a small brackish lake and a mangrove forest. From afar it looks lush, healthy and promising, but up close it is a another story. The forest seems unhealthy with lot of dead trees, as well as many cut hard by humans. I doubt this forest […]

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

Shiny and leathery leaves that have a very different underside. The amount of salt excreted is deposited on the underside of each leaf of these trees. A free desalination plant for humans in need of salt on their food.

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

Gray Mangrove (Avicennia marina)

The small mangrove forest in the middle of the Shuab beach provide soothing shade in the midday sun, and I was in luck as it was in bloom during my visit. With flowers come insects and I stuck around a while to enjoy them and the shade. Socotra is a windy island, and shooting a […]

Hypoestes pubescens UV

Much more uniform in color in UV than in visible light – the white bands are missing completely. Endemic.

Hypoestes pubescens

Hypoestes pubescens

On the hills overlooking the Detwah lagoon on the west coast of Socotra I found many interesting flowers, and luckily some not destroyed by goats. In a few days this location would have been bone dry, and I found many signs of the coming dry season as many small plants were drooping from lack of […]

Hypoestes pubescens

Hypoestes pubescens

On the hills overlooking the Detwah lagoon on the west coast of Socotra I found many interesting flowers, and luckily some not destroyed by goats. In a few days this location would have been bone dry, and I found many signs of the coming dry season as many small plants were drooping from lack of […]

Justicia laevilinguis

This is a species I found sporadically in the fields around SouthWild Pantanal.

Justicia laevilinguis

This is a species I found sporadically in the fields around SouthWild Pantanal.

Justicia laevilinguis

This is a species I found sporadically in the fields around SouthWild Pantanal.

Mendoncia puberula

This is a vine growing very close to the river and I noticed it as it was hanging down toward the water.