Thursday, May 8, 2008

Photo Feature: Untamed Boondocks (Wild Flowers of Arunachal Pradesh)

Arif mailed me these wonderful collection of wild flowers found in Arunachal Pradesh, some of which has been identified and some not yet. I am sharing the snaps below. Try to identify these wild flowers and post their names . Hmmm..quite a challenge, huh!

[Flower 1]

[Flower 2]

[Flower 3]

[Flower 4]

[Flower 5]

[Flower 6]

[Flower 7]

[Flower 8]

[Flower 9]

Have you been able to identify them? No!...Well, here is a clue. Arif says many of the above flowers are quite common in other parts of India...Did it ring any bell? Still, no!.... Now, don't ask me if I know their names for I am as clueless as you are.;-)


  • theysaywordscanbleed

    that first flowers looks highly interesting.

    Silverdale flowers

  • AG

    Thanks Arlene for dropping by.

    BTW, can you identify anyone of those? The first flower is kinda flower of wild tomatoes as told by Arif to me, though frankly I don't have any clue..

  • Rome Mele

    Excellent pictures !!
    Gr8 work..

  • NPR

    Big applause for Arif's photos,those are amazing captures.To be frank I have seen most of these flowers, but never cared to ask or learn its names :)
    Since these flowers are of all wild plants,in real life its not very much attractive as it is now in this blog(lol) and that is all because of ARIF's magic lens.

  • AG

    @Rome & NPR,

    Yeah, Arif sure has this expertise to do wonder with his lens :-)

  • yasiyalow

    Oh npr! Only if you pause and look at it in its natural environment and care to open your discerning eyes, you will appreciate its freshness and beauty, how it whips up your imagination gently and slowly makes keeps you in its magical trapings. I like to go for walk in the woods and is always amazen at the beauties that lies beneat those green foliages.
    Good work, Arif.

  • yasiyalow

    Hi AG! How do I edit my posts.

  • AG

    Hi Yasiyalow,
    I haven't figured out yet on how to edit posts in comments. Only option I came across is-delete the post and re-post the same after editing :-)

  • NPR

    I agree with ur point here he he he :)
    Siika apu atan simi ngunu Tami pasu nii kapa siidu nii....hopa ronge tare care miila kaka jije masu ke ah!
    Anyways, Arif's magic lense always does a real magic on anything :)

  • Kanno

    Good collection. We too have some collection of wild flower photos. Will get back with some details about these flowers. Look out!

  • Arif Siddiqui

    Thanks Friends for sparing your time and leaving comments.
    I am just trying to bring out many small unnoticed things to observe of outer world. Either these are butterflies, dragonflies, wild flowers, wild vegetations, snakes, frogs or any other insects. Because I am not a qualified botanist so don’t know finer sides of these tiny things but by mistake I may click some time a species unknown to others. There are many Nature Bugs hovering in hunt of these in lesser known areas like Arunachal. My honest suggestion to you all to look around and try to capture as many things as you can. In present time Digi Cams are very handy and easily accessible to common people so we need not to put any special efforts. The things you/we are seeing since childhood looks very common to us but some of them can be unknown or rare to rest of the world and can add a little more temperature to this biodiversity hot spot.

    Please post your pictures. I understand you are located in a different (high) altitude and flowers, vegetations will vary from these which I shot in a very low land profile.
    Feel free to download these pictures and show them to experts of this field. Flower # 2, 3 and 7 can be a speciality of Arunachal/NE as nobody could identified them yet and these are very tiny one about 1~1.5 cm only.

    Thanks AG, for uploading these in your blog.

  • AG

    You are always welcome and your contribution is highly valued at AD:)

  • Kanno

    Hello everybody. Luckily I am with Robert L. Fleming, the famous ornithologist who has as a good knowledge about Himalayan ecosystem as anybody in the world. He has authored many books and articles on the subject including his latest publication – Across the Tibetan Plateau. He looked over these flowers and gave his opinions.
    Flower 1: Bob (Robert Fleming) says this is Squash type. To me (a layman) it looks like taku apu – flower of cucumber!

    Flower 2: Not recognized

    Flower 3: Not recognized

    Flower 4: Chirita dielsii, chirita genus

    Flower 5: Goldenrod, Astericae family, likely to be solidago genus

    Flower 6: Mallow family, Malvalaceae family
    To me again, it looks like takung apu?

    Flower 7: Not recognized

    Flower 8; Wild carrot

    Flower 9; Bidens alba, Bidens – genus, Asteraceae family

    Hope it has been a bit helpful.

  • AG

    Thanks for all the information.

  • Arif Siddiqui

    @ Kanno.
    This is a very useful information and convey my gratitude to Mr. Robert for sparing his valuable time.
    After getting pointer from you, I did some googling and observed flower #4 Chirita dielsii looks much closer to Chirita Moonii

  • PB

    @ Kanno
    If you are still in touch with R. Fleming, could you please ask him if he knows which species of birds of prey used to be hunted by Apatanis to decorate their byopas with tail feather and talon in olden days... I can provide a picture of one such tail feather if needed.

  • Kanno

    Bob left for Oregon today. But isn't that hornbill feather? However, if you can send a picture, I can get Bob's opinion.

  • Buru

    Its a good idea to let experts peruse such photos and identify new species, if any.

    e.g. Last year there was much hullaballoo regarding 'Discovery'of a new macaque species, Macaca Munzala, in Tawang area. Well, one of my relative living in a small town in the area was complaining that this same 'undiscovered'monkey was making life hell for her as the herd of monkeys used to raid her garden daily--and the locals wont kill it being Buddhists! I even found a monkey skull at her doorsill--apparently to ward off evil spirits.All this before the 'discovery'was published with fanfare!
    Another example--the great excitement of 'rediscovering'a plant after 115 years--Begonia Tessaricarpa. When I googled it with great expectations I couldnt laugh out loud--this plant is seen in every dark-and-damp nook and corner of Arunachal forests, and my relative has one hanging in his verandah in Naharlagun(which he kept due to its beautiful flower & leaves).I bet every Arunachalee who ventured into the forest has seen this 'rediscovery'--( ) .Thus, in cases of 'extinct'species, photgraphs/diagrams of such species should be simply shown to locals for identification.

  • buru

    sorry the link was not copied fully:

    We even used to eat the succulent red stem as kids when we ventured into the forests--it is very sour; goes well with salt and chilli powder.

  • buru

  • buru

    somethings wrong , cant fig out--the link is not reproduced fully.

    It should end like this:

  • PB

    @ Kanno,
    Thanks, I'll send you the picture. Can you give me your email ID ? Or, if you don't want to disclose it here, just mail it to

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