first is senecio, second is Smithia. Blues are Utricularia reticulata- common and dominant to all the lateritic rocky plateaus from Dapoli to North Kerala.
the Konkan-Malabar plateaus have lots in common with the high altitude plateaus but different in some specific characters.
Hope to finish a paper on all of these and more by the end of the month. it is for the Western Ghats ecological assessment committee, will forward the link asa it gets in public domain.
a special request to all on this group- the vegetation on rocky plateaus is extremely specialized and sensitive to disturbance, even at small scale. Please sensitize all who visit these areas even for a short time. I have been studying these rocky plateaus since 2001 and have seen massive degradation in recent past due to development activities and tourism. I came back from Kaas (Satara dt) yesterday numbed by the insensitive behavior of the tourists - plant watchers.
It will turn into Panchgani tableland (a sad example of formerly glorious rocky plateau) within few years.
The habitats are too special to be treated simply like flowering areas. There is also rare and endangered fauna which is heavily disturbed by increased movement of people and vehicle pollution. India has been bestowed by these habitat- rarely seen anywhere else in world- let us treat it like a treasure- showing respect like we would show Taajmahal - or even more. The habitats have developed naturally over millions of years, hope we can still retain them in natural state for future generations.
I will be putting up some basic details about rocky plateaus on my facebook account soonest and also as a blog.
On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:03 AM, Parjanya guru <guroo...@gmail.com>
.. Dear Arunan jee..
For DSCN0798.JPG, try with Smithea of Family fabaceae
And for the pics DSCN0857.JPG and DSCN0862.JPG .. I stick to Utricularia reticulata
.. Remaining pics.,lets see for the expertee's opinion..
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