First sightings or rare sightings of flowers in India
This page lists flower species which were sighted by the members of the Flowers of India community, for the first time in India, or first time in a region, or sighted after a long stretch of time.

Flower nameComments
Runner-Forming Balsam
Impatiens stolonifera
Impatiens stolonifera is a species which has been described only in 2017. Jis Sebastian found it growing wild in Devikulam, Kerala in 2013.
Merak White Poppy
Meconopsis merakensis var. albolutea
Meconopsis merakensis var. albolutea is a species which has been described only in 2017. Tabish and Girija found it growing wild in Tawang district, Arunachal Pradesh in 2013.
Large-Spike Stone Flower
Henckelia macrostachya
Henckelia macrostachya was thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 2013, after a gap of 75 years. Prashant Awale found it growing in Kerala in 2018.
Ovate-Leaf Pipevine
Aristolochia ovatifolia
Aristolochia ovatifolia is only known from China. Thingnam Rajshree found it growing wild at Shirui hill in Ukhrul, Manipur in 2018.
Nilgiri Barberry
Berberis nilghiriensis
Berberis nilghiriensis was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered after about 140 years, in 2012. S. Jeevith found it independently in 2017 in Nilgiri hills.
Translucent Cobra Lily
Arisaema translucens
S. Jeevith found Arisaema translucens in 2017 in Nilgiri hills, after a gap of 84 years!
Shining Ceropegia
Ceropegia lucida
Ceropegia lucida was presumed to be extinct but has been rediscovered recently in Sikkim in 2009 and in Arunachal Pradesh in 2017. Dharmendra Khandal found it in 2017, in Arunachal Pradesh.
Sepalous Barleria
Barleria sepalosa
Barleria sepalosa was rediscovered in 2014 after lapse of 128 years. Sushant More and Maniruddin Dhabak found it in 2017, in Maharashtra.
Lahaul Broomrape
Orobanche hansii
Orobanche hansii was collected in 1858 from Lahaul Valley. It has not been reported after that. Thingnam Girija rediscovered it in Lahaul in 2015, after more than 150 years!
Long-Stalk Kadsura
Kadsura longipedunculata
Kadsura longipedunculata is only known from China & Vietnam. Thingnam Girija found it growing wild in Pelling, Sikkim in 2016.
Thwaites Vanda
Vanda thwaitesii
Vanda thwaitesii was believed to be extinct, and has only recently been rediscovered. P.S. Sivaprasad found it independently in 2015, in Kerala.
Malabar Daffodil Orchid
Ipsea malabarica
Ipsea malabarica was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 1982 from Silent Valley. P.S. Sivaprasad found it independently in Silent Valley in Kerala.
Wight's Short-Helmet Orchid
Brachycorythis wightii
Brachycorythis wightii was believed to be extinct, and has only recently been rediscovered. Dinesh Valke found it independently in 2014, in Kerala.
Evans Ceropegia
Ceropegia evansii
Ceropegia evansii had disappeared after 1964, but was rediscovered in 2003. Sushant More found it independently in 2013, in Maharashtra.
Kafir Marsh Orchid
Dactylorhiza kafiriana
Thingnam Girija found Dactylorhiza kafiriana in Ladakh in 2012, after a gap of 50 years since it was first found in India in Kashmir by Renz in 1961.
Delavay Oxygraphis
Oxygraphis delavayi
Oxygraphis delavayi was considered endemic to China. Thingnam Girija found it in Arunachal Pradesh in 2010. It was officially reported for the first time from India, only in 2016.
Palghat Coneflower
Strobilanthes dupeni
Strobilanthes dupeni was believed to be extinct, and was rediscovered in 1996 after a gap of 112 years. P.S. Sivaprasad found it independently in 2010, in Kerala.
Striped Dewflower
Murdannia striatipetala
Murdannia striatipetala was last collected by botanist Barnes from Tambaram district in 1899, and was believed to be extinct from India. Divya Umesh found this flower near Red Hills in Chennai, in 2010, after a gap of more than a century!
Mountain Balsam
Impatiens monticola
Impatiens monticola is only known from China. Thingnam Sophia found it growing wild at a waterfall in Leimaram, Manipur in 2008.
Woodrow's Crinum Lily
Crinum woodrowii
Crinum woodrowii was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 2004, after a gap of about 100 years! Dinesh Valke found it independently in 2008, in Maharashtra.
Mary Legge's Balsam
Impatiens leggei
Impatiens leggei was first described in 2010. However, Pravin Kawale had already found it in 2008, in the Valley of Flowers.
Devendra's Balsam
Impatiens devendrae
Impatiens devendrae was first described in 2010. However, Pravin Kawale had already found it in 2008, in the Valley of Flowers and Tabish & Girija found it in Dhanaulti in 2010.
Leafy Coneflower
Strobilanthes frondosa
Strobilanthes frondosa was first named only as recently as 1994. Prashant Awale was the first to photograph a living plant of this species in 2008, in Mizoram.
Spotted Coneflower
Strobilanthes maculatus
Strobilanthes maculatus was first described in 1816. Prashant Awale was the first to photograph a living plant of this species in 2008, in Mizoram.
Chamoli Sandwort
Arenaria curvifolia
Arenaria curvifolia was first collected by J.F.Duthie from Garhwal Himalaya in 1885. It was never seen after that. D.S. Rawat and colleagues rediscovered it in 2006, after a gap of 121 years!
Magenta Ghost Flower
Christisonia tubulosa
Christisonia tubulosa was believed to be extinct, but was rediscovered in 2003, after 90 years! Prashant Awale found it independently in 2006, in Kerala.