Slipper Flower, Slipperwort, Gold Purse;
SE-Brazil (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro), S-Brazil (Parana, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul), Venezuela (Barinas, Merida, Tachira, Trujillo), Mexico (Chiapas, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico State, Michoacan, Oaxaca, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz), Costa Rica, Peru, Colombia (Antioquia, Caldas, Caquetá, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Huila, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Santander, Tolima, Valle), Norfolk Isl. (introduced), Ecuador, Panama, Cuba (introduced), Jamaica (introduced), Azores (introduced) (Terceira (introduced), Pico (introduced)), Madeira (introduced) (Madeira Isl. (introduced)), Canary Isl. (introduced) (Tenerife (introduced), La Palma (introduced)), Darjeeling (introduced), Nepal (introduced), Sikkim (introduced), India (introduced) as per Catalogue of Life;

Scrophulariaceae Fortnight: Calceolaria tripartita from Delhi -GS-8 : Attachments (3). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Calceolaria tripartita Ruiz & Pav (syn: C. gracilis Kunth) a garden ornamental photographed during Delhi University Flower Show.


Scrophulariaceae Fortnight: Caleolaria tripartita from Delhi-GS-12 : Attachments (3). 2 posts by 1 author.
Calceolaria tripartita, photographed from Delhi University Flower Show.

Baba Budangiri Karnataka
Date: 14 NOV 2016 … Altitude: ~ 1733 – 1895 m ( 5686 – 6217 ft) asl
Calceolaria tripartita Ruiz & Pav. … (family: Calceolariaceae)
Mexican native, naturalized. 


SK483 26 APR-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Balason River, Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 21 April 2017
Altitude : 1700 ft.

Calceolaria tripartita Ruiz & Pav. (accepted name)

Images by tspkumar


It is my pleasure to share few images of Calceolaria Mexicana (Calceolariaceae)
Habit: Terrestrial herb
Habitat: Montane forest fringe…
Sighting: Bababudangiri, Mullaianagiri and Kemmangundi, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1600 msl,1700 msl and 1500 msl respectively.
Date: 1-09-2015, 26-09-2015 and 22-10-2015 

I have been avoiding this issue, but finally took the plunge to look for authentic sources on net.
To me it appears like Calceolaria tripartita as per images herein & as per the following apparently authentic source:


efloraindia: 141011 BRS60:
Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
Date/Time-Location- 06.10.2011, 3 PM
Place, Altitude, GPS- Chinnar (Way to Munnar, Kerala) Road side. 1200 MSL
Habitat- Urban- Road side.
Plant Habit- Shrub
Flowers Size/ Colour- yellow

Yes Calceolaria tomentosa of Calceolariaceae family, the yellow slipper flower.

I have been avoiding this issue, but finally took the plunge to look for authentic sources on net.

ANSEPT42 Please confirm if Calceolaria tomentosa : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (4).
Chikamagalur-Kemmangudi Road
13th September 2014

Identity confirmed by …

I have been avoiding this issue, but finally took the plunge to look for authentic sources on net.

Herb for id 151110MK3:  Attachments (2). 8 posts by 6 authors.
Please help to id this herb found in Bear Shola of Kodaikanal.
Date/Time- 06-11-2010 / 11:30 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2200asl; Kodaikanal, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- closer to water-falls; wet
Plant Habit-hispid herb
Height/Length- 20 cm
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- ca. 4 x 2 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- axillary;
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- yellow; ca.2cm across
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds-
Other Information like Fragrance, Pollinator, Uses etc.-

… would it some balsam plant ?

This is Calceolaria

– Very interestingly it looks like an Orchid but for sure it is not!! This should be Calceolaria or something close from Calceolariaceae, but never knew that Calceolariaceae is found in India.
Interestingly, there were three different taxa which were given this name from time to time (Orchidaceae, Scrophulariaceae and Violaceae)
but ultimately Scrophulariaceae won the name due to priority of publication and ultimately it was shifted to another family Calceolariaceae.

please check for Calceolaria mexicana, commonly called lady’s purse

… may be right. It appears to be C. mexicana

many thanks for the inputs and identification. May I know the recent name for this Calceolaria sp.?
Is it Calceolaria gracilis Kunth or Calceolaria tripartita Ruiz & Pav.?
reference: http://tropicos.org/Name/29200594

I have been avoiding this issue, but finally took the plunge to look for authentic sources on net.


SK639 12 JUL-2017:ID : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Location: Chowrasta, Darjeeling, India
Date: 21 May  2017
Altitude: 7000 ft.
Calceolaria gracilis Kunth  ??
I have some confusion:
1. FoI mention Calceolaria gracilisCalceolaria mexicana and Calceolaria tripartita are same whereas  CoL does not say so but the Plant List says yes.
2. Annotated Checklist Nepal says elevation as 1500-2600 m. which matches here.
3. But my post on same subject SK483 26 APR-2017:ID has lower elevation which according to the FOI does not match to the names/ synonyms.

Pl. check efi site. I have sorted out this genus here.

It is still not clear to me yet. My one post is at Soureni is at 1700 ft. and the other at Darjeeling is at 7000 ft.

That is why I asked to check efi site.

It should be Calceolaria tripartita as per images herein & as per the following apparently authentic source:

Thank you …
So earlier post from Kalimpong is also same and according to the FoI Calceolaria tripartita, Calceolaria gracilis and Calceolaria mexicana are same.
efi thread

They are not same. Pl. Check the links I have sent you.

Request for ID of the angiosperm with bright yellow flowers : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 4 MB.
Place: Bombay Shola, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Date: 20/01/18

Calceolaria tripartita….

I think naturalized now in many parts of India.

So, just exotic? Is naturalized different from exotic?

I think different. Some exotics escape from cultivation into wild and over a period of time spread in large areas. Than they appear as if they are our own wild plants. I think this is called naturalization. I think … can explain better being a botanist.

Oh. Alright.

SK1148 27 MAY 2018 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Location:  Soureni, India 
Date: 7 May  2018
Altitude: 4000 ft
Habit : Wild
Calceolaria sp. !

Yes, … Pl. check comparative images at efi site for species id.

Pl. see

I think we have only one species so far as at

… ID is correct for me.


Calceolaria mexicana at Munnar- PKA35 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5) – around 400 kb each.
Seen this herb at Munnar. Bit common one.
Common name: Slipper Flower
Botanical name: Calceolaria mexicana
Family: Scrophulariaceae

So far all our plants are found to be
Pl. check as per discussions herein.


Thanks …, Catalog of Life also mentions naturalized distribution of Calceolaria tripartita in Sikkim, Darjeeling and other parts of India.

Calceolaria tripartite : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)
Calceolaria tripartita
Seen growing commonly around Munnar, Kerala, 
First week of October 2018

prolific reproduction. does it spread further afield?

Thanks, …, for the beautiful images.
Calceolaria tripartita.

…, saw them in most fallow fields. the most prolofic flowering was about quarter of an acre.

near Munnar Western Ghats grassland- Nov’09?; Flower show of University of Delhi on 26-2-10;

260210GS1 flower for ID – efloraofindia | Google Groups
yellow flower – efloraofindia | Google Groups


Calceolaria tripartita from Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road-GS07022022-3: 7 very high res. images.
Calceolaria tripartita photographed from along Chikamagalur Mullayaingiri Road, 26-9-2015.


568 ID wild plant: 7 high res. images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location: Kodaikanal Tamil Nadu INDIA
Altitude: 7200fsl
Flower date: 08APR2024, 06.5pm
Habitat: wild moisture stone wall misty alpine
Plant habit: spreading shrub, branches, weak fleshy purplish cylindrical jelly tipped hairy stem 03mm diameter, annual
Height: 08cm
Leaves: opposite lobate acute leathery glandular hairy, size upto: 08×4cm
Flower: axillary buds, diameter:20mm, yellow, non fragrant

Camera: CANON EOS1500D +FL10x

Calceolaria gracilis Kunth

Yes, it is Calceolaria gracilis dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant

This is