Sunday, November 29, 2020

Mexican wild petunia/Desert petunia (Ruellia simplex)

 An introduced herb or subshrub native to Mexico and South America. Cultivated in home gardens and occasionally escaped and naturalized. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Liparis walkeriae

An indigenous rather rare terrestrial herb grows under the shade of trees in the montane forests up to about 1829 m elevations. 


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Hedyotis neolessertiana

 An endemic shrub or small tree of upper montane shrubberies. Often in open and secondary areas. 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

වියකෙයියා[Viyakeyya] (Freycinetia pycnophylla)

 An endemic woody-stemmed climber ascending tree trunks in the wet zone and hill country forests up to about 1500 m elevations. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

වල් දුම්කොළ [Wal Dumkola](Sonchus wightianus)

 Common weed of roadsides and in the mortar of bridges and road embankments in the lower montane zone. Flowering from January to June and probably throughout the year. Possibly a native herb of Sri Lanka since it is falling within the natural distribution range of the species. But in absence of specimens of it earlier than 1915 Sonchus wightianus also considered as an introduced species which is native to India and China (

Monday, November 16, 2020

Saturday, November 14, 2020

කන ගොරක/ගොකටු/කොකටිය[Kana Goraka/Gokatu/Kokatiya]/Gamboge (Garcinia morella)

 An endemic tree distributed in wet evergreen lowland forests. Sometimes also cultivated. Latex of this tree is an excellent gamboge which used locally for paintings and dyeing.