Son Ghanta - A rare spectacle within Western Ghats
Son Ghanta is an endemic & restricted to Western Ghats of Maharashtra state only. Because of its narrow range and extreme rarity, it has been assigned to the Critically Endangered category. The scientific name, Abutilon ranadei, for this endangered species was given after N. B. Ranade who died of the plague in 1897. Son Ghanta is a shrub 3-5 ft tall characterized by bell-like hanging (upside down) golden yellow flowers. The five petals are orange yellow, veined with purple. Leaves are alternately arranged, big, heart-shaped, long-pointed, with toothed margins.