Globba Andersonii

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.

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