Friday, January 31, 2020

Symplocos elegans

An endemic shrub or treelet grows in montane forests from 1000 to 1900 m elevations.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Taxillus incanus

Probably an endemic semi-parasitic shrub growing on branches of trees. Common in the wet zone up to about 2100 m elevations. Flowering probably all the year round. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Acilepis setigera (Syn: Vernonia setigera)

An endemic shrub common in jungle paths and montane forests from 1500 - 1800 m elevations. Flowering from December to June.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

මයිලගොයා (Columba torringtoniae)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ආවේනික දුර්ලභ පක්ෂියෙකු වන මයිලගොයා කඳුකරයේ  වනාන්තර වල සහ මනාව ගස් කොළන් සහිත ප්‍රදේශ වල දැකිය හැක. තවද පහත රට වැසි වනාන්තර ප්‍රදේශ වලද විශේෂයෙන් පළතුරු සුලභ කාල වලදී ඇතැම්විට දැකිය හැක. ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන් පළතුරු ආහාරයට ගන්නා මයිලාගොයා තනිව, ජෝඩු වශයෙන් හෝ කුඩා රංචු වශයෙන් හමුවේ. වසරේ පෙබරවාරි සිට මැයි දක්වාත් නැවත අගෝස්තු සිට ඔක්තෝබර් දක්වාත් අභිජනනය කරන මයිලගොයින් වනාන්තර උඩු වියනේ ගසක අත්තක් මත කෝටු කැබලි එක් රැස් කර සාදන කූඩුවක සුදු පැහැති එක් බිත්තරයක් පමණක් දමයි. මෙරටදී පමණක්ම දැකිය හැකි මයිලගොයා කඳුකර වනාන්තර හෙලි පෙහෙලි කිරීම වැනි උපද්‍රව හේතුවෙන් තර්ජනයට ලක්වූ පක්ෂියෙකු ලෙස සලකයි.
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

Piper zeylanicum

An endemic terrestrial or epiphytic climber common in moist primary and secondary forests between 1300 and 2400 m elevations. Rarely descending to about 700 m in Ratnapura district.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Thyme leaved Speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)

An introduced herb native to Eurasia. Common in the lawns, roadsides, cultivated grounds and rocky hill tops in the upper hill country above 1800 m a.s.l.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

නර බූත[Nara Bute]/False Blackberry/Oval leaved Bramble (Rubus ellipticus)

An indigenous sub-erect or scrambling shrub of jungle clearings, edges of forests and roadsides of  montane regions above 1000 m a.s.l. Flowering all the year round.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Striped rush leaf/Spreading blue eyed grass (Sisyrinchium iridifolium)

An introduced herb native to Tropical America. Escaped and naturalized among grasses along roadsides and open places in the montaze zone.  Flowers open around 10 AM and close late afternoon. Flowering intermittently throughout the year. 

Monday, January 20, 2020

Coelogyne odoratissima

Rather common native epiphyte grows on trees of montane forests above 1800 m elevations. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

ගොරකා/රත් ගොරකා [Goraka/Rat Goraka](Garcinia quaesita)

An endemic tree occurs in wet lowlands and intermediate zone up to about 1000 m a.s.l. The fruits are broken into segments and dried in the sun or over a fire to used for making curries. Often cultivated in home gardens. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Podochilus falcatus

An endemic tufted epiphyte on trunks of trees and on rocks in mid country to sub montane forests from 610 to 1829 m elevations.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Strobilanthes habracanthoides

An endemic and rare undershrub grows by the streams in moist south western hill forests from 650 to 1300 m elevations.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hypericum japonicum

An indigenous herb of wet places among grass in open areas, along ditches and faddy fields. Common in the montane zone. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Micrococca oligandra

An indigenous shrub of hill country forests of the moist regions from 600 to 1500 m elevations. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

ගස් දූල් [Gas dul]/Wild rhea (Debregeasia longifolia)

 Common native shrub or small tree of wet montane forests from 750 to 1500 m elevations. Flowering and fruiting from October to February.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Plantago asiatica subsp. erosa

An indigenous perennial herb grows along roadsides, open places and cultivated lands in the montane and upper montane areas. Flowering throughout the year.  

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Oriental false hawksbeard (Youngia japonica)

An indigenous (?) , very common weed of cultivation and roadsides at mid elevations. Flowering from September to June.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Wax begonia/Free flowering begonia(Begonia cucullata)

An introduced herb native to Tropical America (Brazil to Uruguay) Very common in central hills along roadsides and in tea plantations.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Quick weed (Galinsoga parviflora)

An introduced herb native to tropical South America. A common weed in cultivated grounds and wastelands. Flowering throughout the year.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Oberonia longibracteata

Rather rare endemic tufted epiphyte found on trees in the sub-montane or mid-country tropical wet evergreen forests at about 1981 m a.s.l.