Friday, September 30, 2016

Murdannia loriformis

Rather uncommon native perennial herb grows on rocky slopes in shade from 25 m to 500 m a.s.l. in wet and intermediate zones. Flowering occurs from November to December. Flowers opening around 10.15-10.45 A.M. and fading around 12.00 P.M.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

දෙල්/රට දෙල්[Del/Rata del]/Breadfruit tree(Artocarpus incisus)

Native tree probably of New Guinea. Planted in home gardens. Occurs in two forms one with seeds and conical processes on the syncarp and the other seedless without such processes. Fruit edible and wood used in light construction works. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Typhonodorum lindleyanum

An introduced large aquatic herb native to the Madagascar. Cultivated at the Peradeniya Botanical garden.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Pseuderanthemum latifolium

An indigenous shrub occurs  under shade of trees in the dry zone secondary semi-evergreen forests. flowering from January to October.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Painted-lip Lizard/Sri Lankan Bloodsucker/තොල විසිතුරු කටුස්සා[Thola visithuru Katussa] (Calotes ceylonensis)

An endemic lizard confine to the semi-evergreen monsoon forests, home gardens and plantations in the dry and intermediate zones up to about 400 elevations. Painted-lip Lizard is an arboreal agamid inhabiting tree trunks of large trees. It active during the day time and feeds on butterflies, day moths, bees and other insects.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Anaphalis subdecurrens

Native annual herb very common on grassy banks and patanas of hill country from 1200 to 2100 m elevations. Flowering throughout the year. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Andrographis alata

An indigenous herb common in under shade of shrubs or trees and along borders of rocks in dry zone shrub jungles. Flowering from March to August.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mitrephora heyneana

An indigenous tree locally common on rocks and along streams in dry and intermediate zone forested hills from 150 to about 450 m elevations.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Lysimachia deltoidea [Lysimachia procumbens]

A native prostrate herb occurs along stream banks and seepage areas in the forests and transition zones between forests and patana grasslands of the hill country above 1900 m elevation. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

පුස් වැල්[Pus wel](Entada rheedii[Syn:Entada pusaetha])

Large native woody climber in moist low country forests up to about 600 m a.s.l. Juice of the wood and bark used in medicine. 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

ගල් වෙරළු[Gal veralu](Elaeocarpus subvillosus)

An endemic tree of wet lowland forests up to about 2000 n a.s.l. Flowering from February to April and again from July to November. Fruits in September. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Anaphalis brevifolia

An indigenous much branched annual or biennial herb occurs in grassy banks and patanas from  1500 to 2100 m a.s.l. Rather common and flowering from September to April. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

කැකිරි[Kekiri]/Melon (Cucumis melo)

An indigenous or introduced herb with climbing or creeping stems. Widely cultivated for its edible fruits. Also escaped and naturalized in waste places.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Lysimachia laxa

An indigenous herb with erect stem occurs in shady places in the hill country forests above 1600 m a.s.l. Flowering from August to September and December to January.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Metabolus decipiens

An endemic woody herb locally common in open and secondary places in the montane zone. Flowering from February to August.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

හැඩවක[Hadawaka](Chaetocarpus castanocarpus)

An indigenous tree occurs in both primary and secondary rain forests from sea level to about 500 m elevations in wet and intermediate zones.

Monday, September 12, 2016

බෝවිටියා[Bovitiya] (Osbeckia walkeri)

Rather rare endemic shrub occurs in grasslands, open places in forests and forest edges of the montane zone.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Spiranthes sinensis

An indigenous terrestrial herb grows in wet patana-grasslands in the hill country. Flowering throughout the year.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

වල් අරළු[Wal aralu] (Ficus mollis)

An indigenous deciduous banyan or independent tree with few or no aerial roots from the branches common in lowland forests and open rocky places in the dry zone. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Neanotis monosperma

An indigenous perennial herb common in open wet places in the montane forests and grasslands. Flowering from August to September.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sri Lanka Wood Frog/ලංකා දිය මැඩියා[Lanka diya madiya] (Hylarana gracilis)

An endemic frog rather common in all three zones up to about 500 elevations. It lives close to water bodies and found on rocks and low vegetation in forests, marshy lands, paddy fields, tanks, ponds and even in home gardens.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

සමාදාන[Samadana]/Creeping blepharis (Blepharis maderaspatensis)

Common native trailing herb occurs among grass, usually in partially shaded places along roads, foot paths and jungle borders. Flowering from February to May and again from August to September.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

කෙකටිය[kekatiya] (Aponogeton jacobsenii)

Locally common endemic aquatic herb found in shallow or deep ponds and rivulets with stagnant or fast flowing water in higher elevations from 1650 to 2300 m a.s.l. Flowering from March to May and September to October.

Monday, September 5, 2016

වැලිවැන්න[Welivanna] (Dimorphocalyx glabellus)

Common small tree or shrub occurs in forests and forest borders, mainly in the dry areas of the low to mid country.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

මහ නුග/නුග[Maha nuga/Nuga]/Banyan/Krishna bo/Krishna's cup (Ficus benghalensis)

An introduced tree native to Pakistan and India.Now widely cultivated in towns and villages. Also occurs in lowland forests. 

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hedyotis lessertiana

An endemic shrub or small tree grows in open and secondary areas of the upper montane shrubberies. Flowering from March to June and also in September.

Friday, September 2, 2016

තේක්ක[Thekka]/Teak/Indian oak (Tectona grandis)

An introduced tree, widely planted for timber. Native to India, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Flowering mainly in the rainy season, starting about a month after the first rain. 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

ඇටඹුරු[Etamburu] (Fagraea ceilanica)

Epiphytic or terrestrial shrub or small tree occurs in and along both primary and secondary forest edges from sea level to about 1500 m a.s.l. or more.