Gloriosa superba

by Aparna G Agnihotri October. 28, 2009 5957 views

Beautiful Gloriosa superba this is a threatened species. the seeds at one time I knew cost more than Rs 3500/- per kilo. The tuber and the seeds have a wide application in both pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.

From my travels I have learnt that this species is a weed in some regions and nobody bothers to give it a second look, and while in another place it is so hard to find them, because they are exploited in its natural habitat. In one other region they are cultivated and the farmers have a fairly handsome pay too.
Considered a weed in the Western Ghats many of them do not know it sets seeds, in scrub forests South Western Andhra the people gaurd the plants and hide the flowers from being seen to others in order to wait for their fruits to mature, before harvesting.

It is a beautiful flower and it blooms in the Hindu month of Shravana and Bhadrapada, that is around August and September. This is a special flower for the Gowri vrata in (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vrata) [en.wikipedia.org] the month of Bhadrapada, in the regions it naturally occurs

Gloriosa
Its straggler
I promise to put up some more much better photograps of this lovely flower.
Its called - Gowri huva (Gowri flower), Gowramma gadda (tuber) Agnishike this is my favorite name for this flower meaning fire flames in a cluster

In its natural habitat
here it is the scrub grasslands east coast India

Gloriosa Farms in coconut groves
East coast
Walking in the coconut groves itself was like enjoying a sundae, gloriosa farm in it was like a cherry on top!!!

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Gerd Korts 11 years, 5 months ago

thanks again for a welcome lesson

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Awesome Green 11 years, 5 months ago

Wow!!!!!!!!!! Wonderful
You did a wonderful job with photograph and narration. Your narration includes a lot from its habitat to commercial use to natives' attitude towards it to science.
Well done!!
I hope you are from Bengaluru, but it seems you have have travelled a lot across India.
Why can't you start your own blog with travel narration with its pics.
Thanks for your post, which is my favourte flower.
By the way, Colchicine is extracted from the seeds, which is utilised in genetics & biotech for chromosomal studies.
I heard that in some parts of Karnataka (like Mysore or Biligirirnga hills) it was being cultivated a long ago.
Once again
well done!!!

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