Thursday, January 31, 2019

Merremia cissoides

Native vine of tropical America. Introduced and naturalized in disturbed sites, cultivated grounds and roadsides. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Plain Orange Tip (Colotis aurora)

Plain Orange Tip occurs only in coastal waste places and thorn scrub of the northern and north western part of the country. It is more numerous at the end of the north east monsoon though few may be seen all the year round. It flies usually closer to the ground. Its larva feeds on Cadaba fruticosa plants.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Crotalaria medicaginea

An indigenous herb occurs in the dry areas, often near the coast. But also grows in the patans and other places in the hills. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

Khaki weed (Alternanthera pungens)

Native prostrate herb of tropical ans sub tropical America. Introduced and now a common weed in dry sandy places, disturbed grounds and roadsides. 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

හීන් තොලබෝ[Heen Tolabo] (Crinum defixum)

Native tall herb rather common in wet places, river and stream banks, edges of ponds and tanks, etc of the lowlands and in the mid country. Flowering more or less all the year round. Fragrant flowers opening in the evening. Seeds float in the water and plants may be dispersed  by water in such places. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Friday, January 25, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Indigofera oblongifolia

An indigenous shrub of the the dry zone. Mostly in the northern part of  the country.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Basilicum polystachyon

An indigenous herb grows on damp grounds of the dry lowlands, along secondary forest edges, roadside ditches and tanks of the intermediate zone. Flowering from March to July.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Biophytum sensitivum [Syn: Biophytum nervifolium]

Rather common native herb occurs on sandy and clayey moist soil in the dry zone. Flowering from October to April.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

බඳු වද [Bandu Wada] (Pentapetes phoenicea)

An indigenous (Or may be introduced from India) herb  occurs in marshy places, paddy fields, tank edges, etc. at sea level or lower elevations in the dry zone. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Silverleaf Desmodium (Desmodium uncinatum [Syn: Desmodium intortum])

An introduced herb native to the tropical America. Common and naturalized along southeastern hill country roadsides. Probably introduced as a ground cover.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

White-bellied Sea Eagle/White-bellied Fish Eagle/කුසඇලි මුහුදුකුස්සා/මුහුදු රාජාලියා (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Rather uncommon breeding resident of lowlands to lower hills, while more common in the dry lowlands. Also a regular visitor to the higher hills and occasionally seen in large lakes of the wet zone. It inhabits coastal areas, large tanks, along rivers, estuaries and lagoons as solitary birds or usually as pairs. As its name implies its principal food consists of fish and sea-snakes. White-bellied Sea Eagle breed from December to March, making a huge nest of sticks in a tall tree, often on a small island or rocky promontory. The same nest is added to year by year. Normally two eggs forms the clutch.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Microstegium ciliatum

An indigenous perennial of grassy banks and road sides from 300 to 600 elevations. 

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Hampson's Hedge Blue (Acytolepis lilacea moorei)

An uncommon butterfly of hills and lowlands of Sabaragamuwa and Uva provinces. It flies with the start of the northeast monsoon rains and probably again from April to May. (Van der Poorten G.M. & Van der Poorten N.E., 2016). No data available of its early stages or of larval food plants. Males mud puddling on wet soil, bird droppings or  scats along forest roads and jungle trails.