Erect, simple, annual herbs; stems 3-angular, short- hairy towards the apex. Leaves subsessile, accrescent upwardly, often with a smallest opposite leaf, 0.7-4 x 0.5-2 cm, falcate-cuneate to obovate, with a narrowed, entire base, obtuse or acute, crenate-serrate in the upper part, ciliate, glabrous or thinly hairy, with linear cystoliths; stipules minute, ovate, acute. Male flowers: heads in the axils of upper leaves; pedicels 0.15-0.18 cm long. Perianth- segments ovate, obtuse, glabrous, 0.05-0.07 cm long. Stamens 4; filaments 0.08 cm long. Female flowers: heads 0.3-0.6 cm across, with a few female flowers in the centre; involucral bracts 2-4; outer ones ovate, acuminate; inner ones ovate-oblong, rounded, ciliate; bracteoles spathulate, 0.2 cm long. Perianth with a 3-4-dentate mouth. Achenes reddish brown, ovoid-ellipsoid, 0.04-0.05 cm long.

Flowering and fruiting: August-July
Growing on rocks along water courses
Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi)

SGNP, Aug 2014 :: Requesting ID of this plant :: ARKAUG-19 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
Requesting to please ID this plant captured at Kanheri Caves, SGNP in Aug 2014.

Lecanthus peduncularis and Utricularia striatula

The first plant looks like a species of Elatostema [possibly E.cuneatum] to me. Unfortunately cannot find the link to my photographs of this in the archives of this group. Perhaps … could oblige.

you may well be right. I saw lots of Lecanthus at the weekend at Matheran and didn’t look closely to see the difference here.

Managed to find the link. This was identified by … Google Groups

Thanks, …, yes, that is the same plant.


ANDEC70 Please identify this lithophytic herb : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)
I had earlier seen these in Coorg and Chikamagalur (Karnataka) but both the times I only got blurry shots.
This particular one was shot in Chimmony Wildlife Sanctuary, Kerala.
Can it be an Urticaceae member?
Shot in November 2014

One more photo-

Please check Elatostema cuneatum of Urticaceae

It matches. Thank you very much.


PR-01-22092018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Plants from Gujarat
Found in dry deciduous forest
About 300 m
It May be Elatostema sp from Urticaceae
Need confirmation of species

Elatostema cuneatum Wight [Urticaceae].

thanks a lot. Its confirm or may be


Names of Plants in India :: Elatostema cuneatum Wight: 1 image.
Elatostema cuneatum Wight

ee-lay-toh-STEM-uh — Greek: elatos (driving or striking); stema (stamen), referring to the stamens springing up … Dave’s Botanary
kew-nee-AH-tum or kew-nee-AY-tum — wedge-shaped … Dave’s Botanarycommonly known as: wedge-shaped soft nettle • Konkani: पाथोर पाल्लो pathor pallo • Marathi: खडक पालक khadak palak • Tawang Monpa tribe: chulukpa

botanical namesElatostema cuneatum Wight … synonymsElatostema approximatum Wedd. • Elatostema densiflorum Franch. & Sav. • Elatostema nipponicum Makino • Elatostema webbianum Wedd. • Procris approximata Wall. … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
wedge-shaped soft nettle
  • name given for want of specific common name
    wedge-shaped – derived from the epithet cuneatum, in context of leaf shape — … Dave’s Botanary
    soft nettle = non-stinging nettle, most of Elatostema spp. are wild edible plants … Upadhyay, Ashutosh & Gogoi, Rajib & Mitra, Prashanta. (2021). Ethnobotany of Elatostema J.R. Forster & G. Forster (Urticaceae). Ethnobotany Research and Applications. 21. 1-24. 10.32859/era.27.01.1-24.
~~~~~ KONKANI ~~~~~
पाथोर पाल्लो pathor pallo
  • name given for want of name … पाथोर pathor = stone; पाल्लो pallo = greens … for the plant’s lithophytic habit and for being edible greens
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
खडक पालक khadak palak
  • name given for want of name … खडक पालक khadak palak = rock spinach … for the plant’s lithophytic habit and for being consumed by tribal folks, as edible greens
~~~~~ Tawang Monpa tribe ~~~~~
~~~~~ x ~~~~~
Sighted at Yeoor Hills
ID courtesy: P B Singh
Names compiled / updated at


SK 2978 21 September 2021: 8 very high res. images.
Location: Dailekh, West Nepal
Altitude: 711 m.
Date: 14 August 2021
Habit : Wild
Elatostema … ???

Elatostema cuneatum Wight

Thank you … It is a New species for Nepal.




References:  POWO Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  Flora of China  India Biodiversity Portal

Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998- Details)

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