Buttonhead Pipewort
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Buttonhead Pipewort
ative Photo: Dinesh Valke
Common name: Buttonhead Pipewort
Botanical name: Eriocaulon heterolepis    Family: Eriocaulaceae (Pipewort family)

Buttonhead Pipewort is a small herb whose flower heads look like Gomphrena. However, it is a wildflower found in the Western Ghats. The genus name is derived from Ancient Greek εριον, erion, meaning 'wool', and καυλός, caulos, meaning 'stalk'. The species are mostly herbaceous perennial plants, though some are annual plants; they resemble plants in the related families Cyperaceae (sedges) and Juncaceae (rushes), and like them, have rather small, wind-pollinated flowers. Flowering: September-October.

Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
Photographed at Valley Park, Navi Mumbai.
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