Yellow Swan Flower
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Yellow Swan Flower
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Yellow Swan Flower
Botanical name: Globba andersonii    Family: Zingiberaceae (Ginger family)

Yellow Swan Flower is a beautiful wildflower in ginger family. Slender orange-yellow flowers are born in lax clusters, 10-20 cm long. Flowers are tubular with 3 petals. Flower-tube is about 1 cm, and the petals 0.5cm, dorsal usually larger than laterals. Lip is joined at base to the flower-tube, generally the most prominent feature of the flower. Lateral staminodes are petal-like or reduced to small subulate points. Fertile is stamen is single, 2-2.5 cm, looking like a swan's neck. It is a slender plant, usually up to 2 ft tall. Leaves are lanceshaped, long pointed, stalkless, 15-30 cm long, 3-6cm wide, sometimes slightly velvety beneath. Yellow Swan Flower is found in Eastern Himalayas.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed on the Bagdogra-Gangtok route, West Bengal.
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