Ban tulsi • Bengali: बन तुलसी • Hindi: Kala Bhangra • Tamil: ரயில் பூண்டு Reilpoondu • Kannada: Alpa bedhi soppu;


Flora of Panipat: Croton bonplandianus Baill from Herbal garden samalkha Panipat:
Croton bonplandianus Baill From Herbal garden samalkha Panipat
Growing wildly, about 2 feet high herb
family Euphorbiaceae

A common weed in Mysore.  Which is the valid name C.bonplandianus or the Croton sparsiflorus

Obviously C. bonplandianus Baill (1864) as against C. sparsiflorus Morong (1893)
according to GRIN, The Plant List, Balakrishnan, N. P. & T. Chakrabarty.  2007, Govaerts, R. et al. 2000

Flora of Haryana: Croton bonplandianum from GT Road Karnal:
Croton bonplandianum
A profusely branched herb from GT Road Karnal road side area

Croton bonplandianum from Hooghly:
This is a common wild herb found along roadside hedges.
I remember that we used to apply its faintly milky white latex on our minor wounds & bruises while playing in our childhood. Much later i heard / read (?) that like our own saliva plant sap also contains lysozyme that helps fight bacteria and thereby quicken healing of wounds.
Species : Croton bonplandianum Baill.
Habit & Habitat : wild herb, roadside, uncultivated area
Date : 15-03-12, 10.15 a.m.
Place : Hooghly, WB

Thank you … for confirming. The Bengali name given to this plant is BON-TULASI, but we call it simply BON-GACHH (bon = wild, junglee; GACHH = any herb, shrub or tree)


efloraindia: 011111 BRS118:

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. request.
Date and Location: 28.10.2011, CODISIA ROAD
Place: Near Air Port, Coimbatore.
Habitat: Urban- Road Side.
Habit: Shrub.

This is Croton bonplandianus Baill. of Euphorbiaceae family.

120713 ASP 101: Attachments (1). 5 posts by 4 authors.
Please ID this medicinal herb (Lamiaceae?). Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Oct 1012.

Looks like Croton bonplandianum (Euphorbiaceae).

yes, …, you are right, Croton bonplandianus Baill.

Yes looks like Croton bonplandianus
Was not aware of its medicinal nature. It is growing in a large scale in the dried bed of Mutha river Pune like a weed.



ID Request 140813SG : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 4 authors.
Please help identify following herb found in wild at Dhavlas
Photographed 10Aug13 

Please check Croton bonplandianum of Euphorbiaceae

Agree with Prasad Ji, this is Croton bonplandianumEuphorbiaceae

Yes agree with …

SYMBIOSIS : 431 :  Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Attaching an image of Grey Pansy butterfly on the flowers of croton bonplandiaum.

Euphorbiaceae fortnight :: Croton bonplandianus at Castlerock :: DV19 :  1 image. 3 posts by 2 authors. Croton bonplandianus Baill.
Dear friends, apologies for showing single photo. It is the only that I have in my collection.
at Castlerock on 23 APR 11



Euphorbiaceae Fortnight: Croton bonplandianum from Delhi-GS-8 :  Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
Croton bonplandianum Baill.,  Adansonia 4:339. 1864

syn: Croton sparsiflorus Morong
A small undershrub or herb is common in Delhi along road sides.
Leaf extracts have been found useful for mosquito control.
Common names
Tam: Eliamanakku, naimelakkai
Tel: Kukka mirapa
Del: Kala bhangra

Thanks for this upload sir, I was surprised to see that the latex was used by children for amusement, they blow this to form bubbles as like soap solution..

The gender of the genus is masculine. Hence correct spelling ending is Croton bonplandianus.


Euphorbiaceae Week: Croton bonplandianum from Delhi:
Croton bonplandianum Baill.,  Adansonia 4:339. 1864
syn:  Croton sparsiflorus Morong

A small undershrub or herb is common in Delhi along road sides. Leaf extracts have been found useful for mosquito control.
Common names
Tam: Eliamanakku, naimelakkai
Tel: Kukka mirapa
Del: Kala bhangra 

–  This is a weed in Bengal

EUPHORBIACEAE FORTNIGHT: Croton bonplandianum from Uttarakhand_DSR_08 :  Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Croton bonplandianus Baill. is an uncommon herb in Pantnagar, though it is an Invasive Alien Species in India and much common in adjacent plains. 

You are right.

Euphorbiaceae Fortnight: Croton bonplandianus from Coimbatore BRS 014 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Sharing the image of Croton bonplandianus.

Correct identification.

This herbaceous wild plant, very common in dry places was shot from Panipat area…
Croton bonplandianus…

One of the commonest weed.

Croton bonplandianus
Often observed growing on open spaces. This one also found growing near river Mutha Pune.


Euphorbiaceae fortnight :: Croton bonplandianus ?? near Goa :: PKA50 : Attachments (4).
I think this could be Croton bonplandianus

Croton bonplandianus.


SL 97 061213 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID this small herbaceous palnt with medicinal values. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Sep 2012.

Croton bonplandianusEuphorbiaceae

Yes Croton bonplandianus



Wild herb for ID :  3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
the shots are from Firozabad UP ruins of my house. Please identify.

Isn’t it Croton sp.??

I think Croton bonplandianus

A herb from ruins for ID : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Here is a picture of a herb from my Ancestral home’s ruins. Please Identify it.

Croton bonplandianum

Yes, the indroduced weedy herb, Croton bonplandianus.

SK152CT20-2016:ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures for ID shot at Biratnagar Nepal on 20 May 2013 at 250 ft.

Croton bonplandianus.

Thank you for the prompt ID.

Croton bonplandianus Baill. (accepted name)
Croton sparsiflorus Morong (synonym)
Nepali Name : Mirchaiya Jhaar  मिर्चैया झार 

Attaching a collage of Croton bonplandianum. Whenever I saw this Jewel Bug I saw it on this plant. This is the breeding time for this beautiful bug. Some literature say that the local name of the plant is BAN- TULSI, but I have not met anyone who identifies this plant by this name. 

nice colors and love the pics. we see this bug in the lower gangetic plain also. what do their eggs look like? do they lay them on this plant?

Attaching three collages on the subject. In one the plant is depicted. Adult insect is in another collage.

In another collage nymph of the insect are shown. All are in the same plant species. At this time you find this bug on almost all the plant species we are talking about.


Small plant for ID :: near Pune, Jan 2019 :: ARK2019-18 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
See this plant near a freshwater lake at Kumbhargaon near Pune, MH in Jan 2019.
Is this Croton bonplandianus (guessed based on efi pics).
Kindly validate.

I think its Croton bonplandianus

On 13/9/08 in Hyderabad, AP; Sonepat, Haryana, 10th March 09; Pune 25 Nov 2009; Panipat on 13 March 2010; Puri, 22nd Jan. ’10; Bhadreshwar, Hooghly, West Bengal- 30/11/2007; 07 /06/2010- JNU, New Delhi;

Croton bonplandianus – indiantreepix | Google Groups

SYMBIOSIS 1435 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Common Pierrot butterfly visiting flowers of Croton bonplandianum.


Herb for ID, Pushkar, Rajasthan NAW-MAY20-01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Kindly identify this herb found growing in a farm near Pushkar, Ajmer District, Rajasthan. Photographed in May 2020.

Croton bonplandianum.

Croton bonplandianus Baill.

i apologise for the blurred quality of the photograph. photograph taken by a friend


Plant for ID : Bangalore : 29AUG20 : AK-14 : 6 posts by 4 authors.
A wild plant seen today afternoon (29.8.20)

Croton bonplandianus

Yes its C.bonplandianum


Scoparia dulcis L.: 8 high res. images.

Location: Sundarbasti, Chitwan, Nepal 
Date: 29 May 2023
Elevation: 200 m.
Habit : Wild

‘Yes’ from me also. Please heck > https://efloraofindia.com/2011/02/20/croton-bonplandianus/
Plenty around my house.

Yes Croton bonplandianus Baill. !


Euphorbiaceae: Croton bonplandianus Baill.: 1 high res. image.

synonyms: Croton sparsiflorus Morong, Croton pauperulus Müll.Arg.
location/date: University of Agricultural Sciences campus, Bangalore, July 1997


Euphorbiaceae: Croton bonplandianus: 3 high res. images.
Croton bonplandianus from Andhra university campus



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