A flower with a strange name and looks. It was again on the Kumar-Parvatha route I saw this flower. Western ghats, May 2005. The yellow & red flowers, and white bracts (??) stuck me. I wondered 'bout it for a long time and still do. Whats the significance ? of having a red-colored, yellow-colored and white leaf like bracts.
Yes, distributed in western ghats. Flowers during mid-monsoon & early winter; but the white bracts are seen all thru the year.
Flowers are eaten as pot herb. Leaves & fruit in traditional medicine. And is the food of Commander butterfly.
Source: BNHS book ' Common Wild Indian Flowers - Isaac Kehimkar '