Kerala scientists among team which rediscovers rare plant found to have become extinct
Kozhikode: A rare species of plant which the scientists thought to have disappeared from the world has been found again after 145 years. Globba andersonii, which belong to the ginger plant family of Zingiberaceae, was found from Sikkim by a group of scientists, including Keralites.
The plant was last found in 1875 and then the scientists though it was extinct. Now it was discovered again from the Teesta mountain range in Sikkim. White flowers and separated stamen are the major features of this plant. As the flowers are shaped like dancers, it is also called 'dancing ladies'. They bloom in June-July months and bear fruits during August-September.
Globba andersonii was found by T Jayakrishnan, a botany professor at Pattambi Government College, Prof. Dr Mamiyil Sabu and Dr V S Hareesh, both scientists at Malabar Botanical Garden, and Dr Sachin Anil Punekar, a scientist at Pune-based Biosphere. Their study was published in the international journal 'Botany Letters'.