Context: Recently, the botanists from Pune and Kerala have rediscovered ‘Globba Andersonii’.
About Globba Andersonii
- It is a rare and critically endangered plant species found in Sikkim Himalayas.
- It was discovered near the Teesta river valley region after a gap of nearly 136 years.
- The plant is commonly known as ‘dancing ladies’ or ‘swan flowers’ was thought to have been extinct until its “re-collection”, for the first time since 1875.
- The earliest records of the collection of this plant were dated between the period 1862-70 when it was collected by Scottish botanist Thomas Anderson from Sikkim and Darjeeling.
- They are characterised by white ﬂowers, non-appendaged anthers (the part of a stamen that contains the pollen) and a “yellowish lip”.
- It is especially prevalent near small waterfalls along the roadside leading to these hill forests, which are 400-800m above sea level.