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AY-er-va
— Latinized form of the Arabic name for this plant
Dave’s Botanary
la-NA-tuh — woollyDave’s Botanary
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commonly known as: mountain knot-grass, woolly aerva, woolly illecebrum • Bengali: ছায়া chaya • Hindi: छाया chaya, गोरखबूटी gorakhbuti, गोरखगांजा gorakhganja, कपूरीजड़ी kapurijadi, खली khali, खरी khari • Kannada: ಬಿಳಿ ಹಿಮ್ಡಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು bili himdi soppu • Konkani: तांडलो tamdlo • Malayalam: ചെറൂള cherula • Marathi: कापूरमाधुरी kapurmadhuri • Punjabi: bui-kaltan • Rajasthani: भूई bhui • Sanskrit: अश्मःभेदः ashmahabhedah, भद्र bhadra, गोरक्षगञ्जा gorakshaganja, पाषाणभेद pashanabheda, शतकभेदी shatakabhedi • Sindhi: bhui, jari • Sinhalese: polpala • Tamil: சிறுபூளை ciru-pulai, உழிஞை ulinai • Telugu: పిండిదొండ pindidonda
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Native to: tropical Africa, Saudi Arabia, Indian sub-continent, Malesia, tropical Australia
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Egypt (SE-Egypt), Saudi Arabia (Hejaz, Asir), Yemen (N-Inner Yemen, SW-Yemen, Tihama, W-Yemen), Australia (Queensland), ?Guinea, Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Congo (Brazzaville), D.R.Congo (Zaire), Bioko Isl. (Fernando Poo), Angola, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa (Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal), Seychelles (I), Chagos Arch. (I) (Diego Garcia (I)), Madagascar, Comores (Mayotte, etc.), Socotra, Abd-al-Kuri Isl., Java (incl. Madura Isl.), Nepal, India (throughout), Sri Lanka, Sumatra (incl. Bangka), Philippines, Moluccas (Aru Isl.), Lesser Sunda Isl. (Timor), New Guinea, Cocos (Keeling) Isl., Nicobars (Car Nicobar Isl., North Nicobars, Central Nicobars, Great Nicobar Isl., Little Nicobar Isl.), Pakistan (Baluchistan), Vietnam, Lakshadweep Isl. (Laccadives), Maldives as per Catalogue of Life;
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Bengal Plants describes :-
(i) leaves opposite and alternate mixed; spikes in terminal panicles as well as axillary ——- A. scandens Wall. (a climbing undershrub; Behar; Chota Nagpur)- a syn. of Aerva sanguinolenta (L.) Blume)
(ii) leaves all alternate; spikes all axillary, fascicled —— A. lanata Juss. (an erect or prostrate undershrub; Behar; E. Bengal)
(iii) leaves filiform in opposite fascicles; spikes peduncled —– A. monsonia Mart. (a much branched herb in West Bengal; Chota Nagpur);

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In A. lanata the flower cluster form very short spikes (0.5-1.5 cm long) in leaf axils; leaves are broader (1-2 cm broad), obovate or elliptic-orbicular
In A. tomentosa (syn. of Aerva javanica (Burm.f.) Juss. ex Schult. )flowers occur in up to 10 cm long spikes forming terminal leafless white-woolly panicles; leaves are narrower (0.5-1 cm broad) and leaves linear to linear-oblong in shape;
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According to Flora of British India, vol4. p728 :-

Distribution :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = Plains of Bengal from Dacca to the Indus. The Concan, Central India and throughout the Deccan…
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = Travancore; at Courtallum, Wight.
Plants :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = erect or prostrate, branched from the base……
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = a low growing bushy plant…, branches short woody…… with many stiff branches as thick as a crow-quill….
Leaves :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = leaves small petioled elliptic orbicular-obovate or orbicular obtuse or acute
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = leaves small broadly ovate or elliptic obtuse thick….
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Wild Flower for ID-191109-RK-1 – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

Request ID of this wild flower. Gende Hosalli, Karnataka.  11-11-09.


Aerva lanata [Amaranthaceae]


Aerva lanata


On 6/12/09 at the roof at Bhongir Fort in A.P.


check in Aerva sp of amranthaceae


Seems to be Aerva lanata to me on search.
Some extracts from Wikipedia link (for pictures & more details, click on the link): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerva_lanata

Aerva lanata is a woody, prostrate or succulent, perennial herb in the Amaranthaceae family of the genus Aerva that sometimes flowers in the first year.

  • Bengali: Chaya.
  • Rajasthani: Bhui.
  • Sindhi: Bhui, Jari.
  • Punjabi: Bui -kaltan (flowers as sold in bazaars).
  • Duk.: Kul -ke -jar, Khul.
  • Trans-Indus: Asmei, Spirke, Sasai.
  • Sinhalese-Pol pala.
  • Marathi: Kapu -madhura.
  • Tamil: Sirru -pulay -vayr.
  • Telugu: Pinde-conda, Pindi-chetter.
  • Sanskrit: Astmabayda[6]A. lanata prefers damper sites than A. javanica and can be found in open forests on mountain slopes, on waste and disturbed ground, deserted cultivation and coastal scrub[4] and at altitudes from sea level to 900 metres (3,000 ft).
  • Food
    The whole plant, especially the leaves, is edible. The leaves are put into soup or eaten as a spinach or as a vegetable. The plant provides grazing for stock, game in and chickens.
    Medicinal
    Leaves
    A leaf-decoction is prepared as a gargle for treating sore-throat and used in various complex treatments against guinea-worm. to wash Babies that have become unconscious during an attack of malaria or of some other disease are washed with a leaf decoction at the same time smoke from the burning plant is inhaled. The leaf-sap is also used for eye-complaints. An infusion is given to cure diarrhoea and in an unspecified manner at childbirth, and on sores.
    Leaves
    The root is used in a snake-bite treatment.
    Flowers
    For pains in the lower part of the back leaves and flowers are reduced to ash which is rubbed into cuts on the back.
    Spiritual
    It gives protection against evil spirits, is a good-luck talisman for hunters, and safeguards the well-being of widows.[5]

this one is Aerva lanata. you r right



Location : KarnagarDist. Midnapore, West Bengal.
Date : 21/12/2007. Would you please identify this plant.

Family: amaranthaceae
Genus: Aerva
Species: lanata  (L.) Juss. ex Schult.
Medicinal plant used in Ayurveda, Folk and Siddha
Kannada name: Bilihindi gida

Hindi- Choti-bui, gorakhganja


Thanks, …

Here is one link I found for Aerva lanata (Astmabayata, Bhadram, Bhadrika, Cherula, Cherupula):
http://www.holisticonline.com/Herbal-Med/_Herbs/h_aerva-lanata.htm



A herb found growing by roadside in Delhi (October). Leaves and branches seemed covered with white powdery stuff.
Somehow seemed as if I had seen it somewhere before, but unable to identify. Any ideas?


…, would it be Aerva species … A. lanata, if not then could it be some species of Nothoaerva ?


Aerva seems quite plausible. Could be A. lanata too – can’t be sure.


it is Aerva lanata


Thanks … for the ID. Looks like the woolliness of the leaves is variable. They do not look as woolly in … picture
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/3033937649/


This may be Aerva lanata


… perhaps my plant’s woolliness is affected by creek-side habitat.


The plant in pic is Aerva lantana


Aerva lanata seems to be the universal view on this plant. As … says, it looks like the woolliness of the leaves depends on the habitat.
I take this plant to be identified as Aerva lanata.


It is Aerva lanata, Nothosaerva brachiata (it has) has opposite leaves.


‘Aerva lanata’ is called ‘KapurMadhuri’ ‘कापूरमाधुरी’ / ‘Kumrapindi’ ‘कुम्रपिंडी’ in Marathi.


Photographed this Chenopodium sp in a forest nursery from cochin, 9-5-09
Please id this plant

it is Aerva lanata —AMARANTHACEAE
a common weed of garden and waste places. comes up very rapidly during rains.


Aerva lanata : 3 posts by 3 authors. no images.
Can anyone tell me whether i can get Aerva lanata in North India at this point of time in a one month time?

and what is the difference between (esp leaf shape) in Aerva lanata and Aerva tomentosa ?


Both should be available in wastelands in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan this time of the year.
In A. lanata the flower cluster form very short spikes (0.5-1.5 cm long) in leaf axils; leaves are broader (1-2 cm broad), obovate or elliptic-orbicular

In A. tomentosa flowers occur in up to 10 cm long spikes forming terminal leafless white-woolly panicles; leaves are narrower (0.5-1 cm broad) and leaves linear to linear-oblong in shape.



Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id. request.
Location: NBNP, Anaikatti,Coimbatore
Date; Dec.2011
Habitat: Wild

Habit: Herb.


Yes, it does look like Aerva lanata.



Images by Surajit Koley (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

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Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. from Hooghly:

Sorry for the poor picture quality.
Species : Aerva lanata (L.) Juss.
H & H : wild herb, less than a foot, waste place
Date : 20/10/12, 11.45 a.m.
Place : Hooghly
sites :-

I think all pictures are of the same species and the species might be Aerua lanata Juss. of the Bengal Plants.

Inflorescence is slightly different on gross appearance but not aware of any info. more than this.


In the first glance it appeared to me that those two were different plants. The one with much leaves is growing in a shady area while the other, with few leaves is growing on the margin of an open playground.
Bengal Plants describes :-
(i) leaves opposite and alternate mixed; spikes in terminal panicles as well as axillary ——- A. scandens Wall. (a climbing undershrub; Behar; Chota Nagpur)
(ii) leaves all alternate; spikes all axillary, fascicled —— A. lanata Juss. (an erect or prostrate undershrub; Behar; E. Bengal)
(iii) leaves filiform in opposite fascicles; spikes peduncled —– A. monsonia Mart. (a much branched herb in West Bengal; Chota Nagpur)

“Flora Indica” describes, “Annual, erect, ramous, woolly…… spikes crowded, ….. a stout hardy annual plant…. leaves alternate, petioled, roundish,…. size very various…..”


I think all images in this thread are of Aerva lanata (L.) Juss.



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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: BS19: Aerva lanata fron Chandergiri fort AP:

Aerva lanata from Chandergiri fort AP

Pls validate


Very good photographs.
This clearly differs from Aerva sanguinolenta.
All spikes are axillary here as per the key.
One more query:
The plant appears more close to procumbent than erect so can it be Aerva wightii?


The 5 images attached are Aerva lanata, it is very common here.


According to Flora of British India, vol4. p728 :-

Distribution :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = Plains of Bengal from Dacca to the Indus. The Concan, Central India and throughout the Deccan…
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = Travancore; at Courtallum, Wight.
Plants :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = erect or prostrate, branched from the base……
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = a low growing bushy plant…, branches short woody…… with many stiff branches as thick as a crow-quill….
Leaves :-
  1. Aerva lanata Juss. = leaves small petioled elliptic orbicular-obovate or orbicular obtuse or acute
  2. Aerva wightii Hook.f. = leaves small broadly ovate or elliptic obtuse thick….

I can see acute apices of leaves, i think it is Aerva lanata Juss.


Can it be Aerva wightii Hook.f. as per the high resolution specimen as below ?:

Also looks different from other images at Aerva lanata (L.) Juss.


It is Aerva lanata only

in hilly areas it is more tomentose and leaves smaller. I also collected similar specimen


Yes, it is Aerva lanata only, a morphologically variable species.


Looks like Aerva lanata only



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Identification of Aerva species :  5 posts by 4 authors.

please help in the identification of the aerva species, the plant is from woody base, branches erect, stem and leaves thick, leaves 2-5×1.5-3 cm; densely pubescent above, tomentose below, spikes sessile, wooly, 0.5-0.7cm(-1.cm) long, perianth green inner. it almost coincides with the description of Aerva wightii (a critically endangered plant) but the branches are not dense as described (the image of the herbarium specimen has many branches in Jastor plants. org.).
pls help me  weather it is Aerva wightii or some other species.

It was photographed from interior areas of Eastren ghats in South Andhra Pradesh.


I know my view/opinion counts nothing, even to myself. Yet, I think your ID is very probable, despite it’s not being bushy.


It looks like Aerva lanata only.

Here is a Type specimen of Aerva wightii, which looks very different from the posted pictures.


Yes, …, it looks very different and I failed to decipher the descriptions of both the species. It looked so different than what I have!



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02082017BHAR3 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

Found in  Vandalur forest.Chennai.
Small plant.

Looks like any Aerva sp.


Pl. Check comparative images at Aerva page in efi site.


Aerva lanata. Tamil Sirupulai.


Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park  Jodhpur

Date: October 24, 2018 … Altitude: about 300 m (980 feet) asl
¿ Heliotropium bacciferum ?
Dear friends,
I do not know about this plant, not at all sure whether it is Heliotropium bacciferum. The sessile inflorescence has some similarity to what I find in … post in eFI. Her flickr album of Jaisalmer Jodhpur is also serving me as good and quick reference (many thanks Alka ji).
This plant, or maybe there are several, look to me like a huge bundle of wire. I was not able to see any leaves. Please help with ID.

Thanks, … Looks different from … images.
Pl. check comparative images at Amaranthaceae

However, could not find a match myself. May be from some other family.

Thanks …  May not be any Heliotropium … I was just taking a guess, and could be very well from some other family.
Hopefully we will get the ID.

Thanks … for so many nice plants. Seems this plant is being cared by people. May be some edible or medicinal plant.

One of my flickr contacts suggested me Aerva javanica, in yet to bloom stage. I too am convinced that the posted plant must be it. The bush seems to have colonized in the bounded area, thus not giving the typical look of a single bush. The stems too have grown extraordinarily long – perhaps due to garden care.

Will wait for validating comment(s).



Thanks … for validating the ID.
But I am not sure whether Aerva lanata is distributed in Jodhpur.
The Desert Park in Jodhpur has only native plants of Thar desert and adjoining arid areas within Rajasthan.
I went with thinking of Aerva javanica – because it is distributed in desert / arid regions, for example, Jaisalmer.
Requesting you to glance through following document related to flora of Jodhpur.
STUDIES ON THE VEGETATION AND FLORA OF JODHPUR … page 43 & 44 … it lists Aerva persica and Aerva pseudotomentosa.

I will go with your thoughts.


I think it (Aerva lanata) is distributed throughout India as per Catalogue of Life;

Thanks … I will go with Aerva lanata.



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Wild flower for ID-191109-RK-2 :  Attachments (3). 6 posts by 6 authors.

Request ID. Gende Hosalli, Karnataka. 11-11-09.


Seems to be Aerva lanata


I think this is different from Aerva lanata. A. lanata has more closer inflorescence.


Pl also check it for Nothosaerva brachiata !


This may not be Aerva lanata because the stem is white for A. lanata
and it can be Nothosaerva brachiata (older name Aerva brachiata).

It appears to me more closer to Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. as initially suggested by … rather than those at Nothosaerva brachiata



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Please clarify the 3 plants are Aerva lanata only :  Attachments (3).  4 posts by 3 authors.
I have collected 3 plants of Aerva,
one is surely A.lanata;
the second one leaves larger than A.lanata, scandent, but 1 spike is axillary, another terminal on lateral branches;
another plant spikes about 1cm, 4-6 clustered at each node, never solitary like a.lanata, plant bushy normally seen in rock crevices in E.ghats.
pls clarify.

The 2nd (and 3rd?) picture looks more of Nothosaerva brachiata.
http://www.plantillustrations.org/illustration.php?id_illustration=130855

It can be confirmed if the flowers have solitary, capitate stigma. (stigmas usually 2 in Aerva).
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=5&taxon_id=10031


efi page on Nothosaerva brachiata


To me all images appears to be Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. only rather than Nothosaerva brachiata as per images and details herein.



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Tiny Plant for ID : Zarwani Forest, Gujarat : 09DEC19 : AK-4 : 14 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)

A very tiny plant seen in Zarwani Forest Area during my visit in Nov,19.

Amaranthaceae suggested by …
He also suggested Nothosaerva brachiata is abundant in the area.
For validation please.

Other recipients:
I guess he is correct! Thank you Saroj Kasaju
I guess he is correct!

Aerva lanata only,


For long, on facebook I and many others kept identifying Nothosaerva brachiata as Aerva lanata …….

not so very long ago, this mistake was corrected by, I think, … Then I realised I do not have Aerva lanata in my area,
or, if it is found, I have not seen it yet. recently I was at Statue of Unity, and there I noticed a very small plant on a hillock,
I recorded it but could not say if it was A. lanata or N. brachiata. For sake of discussion I am reproducing one photo
…this was hardly 15 cm tall. It was nearly sunset time, low light.
These are, young plants of Notosaerva brachiata (By now I am familiar with all stages of its life)
That is not all … There is lot of confusion between Alternanthera bettzickiana and Aerva sanguinolenta (ornamental) too !

Thanks for the id of my plant and explanation in detail.

Since you are in Gujarat, you would know the plants better in that area.


Don’t mind …,

Still am not convinced with Nothoserva what posted … and your first photo also,
am thinking that both Aerva only.
Based on Habitat
Water storage areas, like ponds, ditches and small water pits…….Nothoserva
Almost terrestrial habitat, like water and temperature under average conditions…..Aerva
Based on Stamen
Stamens 2………Nothoserva

Stamens 5………Aerva


Stem rooting at nodes, Flower spinescent…….Alternanthera

Stem without roots at nodes, Flower not spinescent…..Aerva
I hope this is useful for
That is not all … There is lot of confusion between Alternanthera bettzickiana and Aerva sanguinolenta (ornamental) too !

…, young plants may not be able to show all required traits … that was my point !

Plant from Statue of Unity … is young, may be Aerva but can not be sure.
plant from surat, near my place is young too. I know its id because I am familiar … not every body will be.
Same with plant by … too small to be sure … I shall keep it at Genus or family level.
………
Rooting at nodes is ok. Flowers prickly is not true for A. sessilis and A. paronychioides, A. philoxeroides. A. brasiliana I’ll be checking. A. bettzickiana ??

Is there something like number of stamen/staminodes ?


Thanks for your detailed analysis.

You may find it if you visit the place sometime.


I agree with …
I think both … plant and that of … from Statue of Unity is Aerva lanata only as per comparative images at Aerva

This picture matches a lot with my plant.



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Pl id white flower no 3 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 mb.

Plz id white flower no 3 location lonar, maharashtra, February


Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight ??


Aerva lanata,

Amaranthaceae,



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Plz id white flower in lonar : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 MB.
Please id white flower near lonar lake, maharashtra, February

Aerva lanata??


Yes, I agree with Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. as per comparative images at Aerva

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SD018 Plant ID Assistance : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Kindly assist with plant ID. Found in Delhi, elevation 250 m

Perhaps Aerva lanata.


I guess correct ID by …


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39 Identify weed plant
4 images.

Please identify the weed plant.
Name of plant:
Location:  near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:.               06.12.2020, 03.30pm
Altitude:           1700fsl
Habitat:            wild moisture
Plant habit:      erect branches hairy annual semi-weak stem
Height:             03 feet
Leaves:            oval apex
Flower:             diameter: 02mm, white non fragrant

Aerva species.


lanata (L.) Juss. ex Schult. ??


… correct


You are right …, It is Aerva lanata.



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