Malabar Catmint • Hindi: Gopoli, Codhara • Marathi: गोजिभा Gojibha • Tamil: Peyimarutti • Malayalam: Perumtumpa, Karintumpa • Telugu: Moga-biran, Mogabheri • Kannada: ಕರಿತುಮ್ಬೀ Karitumbi, Gandubirana gida • Oriya: vଐକୁଂଠ Vaikuntha • Konkani: Kaktumbo • Sanskrit: महाद्रोणः Mahadronah, वैकुंठः Vaikunthah;

Perennial, semi-shrubby herb; stem to about 2 m high, much branched from base, subquadrangular, thickened below to 1.8 cm in diam., densely lanate. Leaves ovate-lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 3.6-16 x 1.3-7 cm, narrowed and rounded at base, acute, crenate-serrate, slightly bullate and velvety lanate above, densely so beneath; petioles 0.7-3.5 cm long, stout, lanate. Racemes to 34.5 cm long; verticils close, dense; peduncles densely lanate. Floral leaves 8-10 mm long, densely lanate. Bracts linear, to 5 mm long. Calyx to 9 mm long; tube to 5 mm long, lanate without, glabrous within; lobes lanceolate, to 4 mm long, acuminate. Corolla 1.4-2 cm long; tube to 9 mm long, white, glabrous without; throat pilose towards base of lower lip; Upper lip oblong, 4-6 mm long, obtuse at apex, slightly arched, whitish; lower lip to 1 cm across, coral pink, with 2 white streaks towards base, pilulose without with gland-tipped hairs, the lateral lobes shallowly rounded, the median one larger, broadly orbicular, 2-fid. Style glabrous; branches linear, unequal. Nutlets ovoid, 2.5 x 1.5 mm, trigonous, glabrous, blackish-brown and shining.       

Flowering and fruiting: November-December 
Dry deciduous forests and scrub jungles
Indo-Malesia to Australia


Nagamalai 210713 TBN 2 for id : Attachments (5). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Please identify this plant details of which are as follows:
Date : 11.11.12                                                             
Location :Nagamalai hills, 20 km west of Madurai
Altitude :500 to 700 ft
Habitat :wild, base of rocky hill
Habit :shrub
Height :2 to 3 ft
Leaves :opposite
Flowers :pinkish
Fruits :not seen

It looks like Anisomeles malabarica.

Yes Anisomeles malabarica from me too.


Plant for ID 27072013 CS 1 : Attachments (1). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Family: Lamiaceae
Location : Enabavi, Warrangal
Habit: herbaceaous erect weed with faint fragrant leaves

Can it be Anisomeles malabarica? It seems to be similar to what I had sent recently which was identified by … However, I do not know the differentiating features when compared with A indica.
I believe that these two show Ornithophily
( ?Pollination by birds) about which there was an article in Jbnhs by some one from Vizag 2 decades back.

It is Anisomeles malabarica (L.) R.Br. ex Sims; it is known as magabeera in telugu. It is common throughout A.P.

this is good

Images by tspkumar

It is my pleasure to present few images of Anisomeles malabarica  (Lamiaceae

Ref: http://florakarnataka.ces.iisc.ernet.in/hjcb2/herbsheet.php?id=2432&cat=1

Ref: http://www.flowersofindia.net/Malabar%20Catmint.html 

Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, Wasteland 

Sighting: Gubbi, Tumkur, Karnataka, about 800 msl 

Date: 03-11-2015

nice. seems very popular with insects

/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Herbaceous%20plant%20for%20id.jpgPlant for id -4 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)

The plant that i am posting grows about 2 kms away from the Eastern coast of kanyakumari. the general plant profile of that area is thorny scrub.
This is a herbaceous plant and the flowers are actually pink in colour. Because of the shade I guess, my camera kept producing a blue colour.  Advice is also welcome as to what to do under such circumstances, because most of the pink coloured flowers phtographed recently are coming out as blue coloured.
Plant is quite hairy and i though it probably belonged to Family Labiatae? Does it? It grows amongst the flowers that i have posted earlier Id reqested please.

¿ Anisomeles indica ?

Thank you, checked a couple of leads for description as well as photos on flickr  confirmed it to be Anisomeles indica

I think this is Anisomeles malabarica (L.) R.Br. ex Sims as per images herein.


Lamiaceae: Anisomeles malabaricus: 2 high res. images.
Anisomeles malabaricus from Andhra University Botanical Garden, Visakhapatnam, Andhra pradesh on 24/02/2024

For your information
Seeds are used for knee pain
Seeds are soaked in water overnight and in the morning mix it well and consumed.
These leaves also used to lighten oil lamp

Yes! Sir thank you for your info. It can be easily propagated with stem cuttings