Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers., Syn. Pl. 2:421 (1807) 421 1807. (Syn: Gnaphalium floccosum DC.; Gnaphalium gracillimum Perr. ex DC.; Gnaphalium multicaule Willd. [Illegitimate]; Gnaphalium niliacum Raddi ex Spreng.; Gnaphalium schomburgkii Sch.Bip. [Illegitimate]; Gnaphalium strictum Roxb. [Illegitimate]);.
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naf-FAY-lee-um — Greek: gnaphalion, plant whose soft white leaves used as cushion stuffingDave’s Botanary
pol-lee-KAW-lon — Greek: poly (many), caulos (stem)… Dave’s Botanary
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commonly known as: many-stemmed cudweed, western cudweed • Telugu: నూగు పత్రి noogu pathri
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Distribution: naturalized pantropically
Leaf surfaces of different colour, upper white hairy, lower almost glabrous; basal leaves persistent at anthesis; inflorescence spicate, lower glomerules of heads often pedunculate………………………….Gamochaeta purpurea
Leaf surfaces not markedly different; basal leaves withered at anthesis; heads in spicate panicles, densely wooly 2/3 from base………………..Gamochaeta pensylvanica
It is true that the three species are very close, Gnaphalium purpureum, G. pensylvanica are shifted to genus Gamochaeta on the basis of pappus being connate at the base, whereas in Gnaphalium they are free at base and fall individually.
A feature that separates Gnaphalium purpureum in addition to free pappus hairs is that heads form an elongated spike each cluster not subtended by ordinary leaves. To that extent your plant may be G. polycaulon.
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This is what Flora of China writes about Gnaphalium polycaulon

Similar to Gamochaeta pensylvanica, this species differs by its more compact habit, oblanceolate leaves, and free, separately deciduous pappus bristles more dilated at apex.”

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6 images. 2 posts by 2 authors. Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers.

naf-FAY-lee-um — Greek: gnaphalion, plant whose soft white leaves used as cushion stuffingDave’s Botanary
pol-lee-KAW-lon — Greek: poly (many), caulos (stem)… Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: many-stemmed cudweed, western cudweed • Telugu: నూగు పత్రి noogu pathri
Distribution: naturalized pantropically
References: Flowers of IndiaeFloraGRINFRLHTFurther Flowers of Sahyadri by S Ingalhalikar

at Ratangad on 14 JAN 12

Very good photographs …



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… ID please.

Place: at top of Ratangad (~ 754 m / 2473 ft asl), near Bhandardara, Maharshtra.
Time: January 14, 2012 at 12.27pm
Habit: tender prostrate herb, about 6″ – 10″ high
Habitat: damp bed of a drying pond
Flower head size: about 2 – 3 mm


It is Gamochaeta (formerly Gnaphalium), probably G. purpureum or G. pensylvanicum (American weed, often confused with G. purpureum, recently become common in Delhi and other parts of India). Here is how you can separate them
Leaf surfaces of different colour, upper white hairy, lower almost glabrous; basal leaves persistent at anthesis; inflorescence spicate, lower glomerules of heads often pedunculate……………………………………….G. purpurea

Leaf surfaces not markedly different; basal leaves withered at anthesis; heads in spicate panicles, densely wooly 2/3 from base………………..G. pensylvanica


Many many thanks … for this help with ID.
Have sighted this herb many times earlier; was eager to know the plant.


Looking at leaves in your plant being more greener on upper surface and distinctly whitish on lower and lax low clusters your plant may be G. purpurea. Here is my G. pensylvanica

Looking through books of Shrikant ji for Gnaphalium … the Further Flowers of Sahyadri illustrates Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. and Gnaphalium luteo-album.
And my posted plant fits description of Gnaphalium polycaulon, the flowering period.
Please correct me if wrong.


It is true that the three species are very close, Gnaphalium purpureum, G. pensylvanica are shifted to genus Gamochaeta on the basis of pappus being connate at the base, whereas in Gnaphalium they are free at base and fall individually.
A feature that separates Gnaphalium purpureum in addition to free pappus hairs is that heads form an elongated spike each cluster not subtended by ordinary leaves. To that extent your plant may be G. polycaulon.
This is what Flora of China writes about G. polycaulon
Similar to Gamochaeta pensylvanica, this species differs by its more compact habit, oblanceolate leaves, and free, separately deciduous pappus bristles more dilated at apex.”
Perhaps checking pappus hairs may be conclusive.
I am attaching photograph of pappus hairs of Gamochaeta pensylvanica for comparison

OK, many thanks … will keep an eye open to get this aspect covered during next sighting.


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I am closing my uploads for this fortnight with a species shot from Chakrata region

kindly help me to know which species of Gnaphalium this can be..


efi page on Gnaphalium


Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. ??


Thanks, … Yes, appears close to Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers.  as per images and details herein.

Only doubt is that it is being found at such a higher elevation. efloras generally mention Tropical and subtropical Asia.
I also checked many other species reported in India in Flora of Pakistan and those listed in BSI Flora of India, but looked different as per GBIF links:

I thankfully appreciate the efforts of …, for keenly looking up my old posts, and providing valuable inputs..


It is my pleasure … and a way of learning as well.
I appreciate your kind words always which encourages me more to delve into this field. I am happy I have been able to secure a small position in this field from null.


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Id-23022012-PR-2: Plants from North Gujarat
Habitat-wild
Habit-herb wetland plant
prostate or errect
Height about 15 cm
flower whitish


I think Gnaphalium sp


Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. ??



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Herb ID request – RK84 – 7-Jan-2013: Requesting identification of this herb growing on the floor in Tungareshwer. The leaves are covered with fine white hair and there is no reticulation on the leaves.


Is it Gnephalium polycaulon ?


its Gnaphalium sure


Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. looks close.



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13-12-2009 / 12:00 PM- Satyamangalam RF; in aperrenial stream. ca. 400msl; Is this Asteraceae? 190310MK1 – efloraofindia | Google Groups

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Small Plant for ID : Nasik : 20JAN21 : AK-18
3 images.
A small wild plant seen a couple of days ago (20.1.21)


Gamochaeta pensylvanica (Willd.) Cabrera ??


Pl. post high resolution images as I can not see the details.


Here they are..
3 high resolution images.


I think this will be Gnaphalium polycaulon as per images and references herein. 


Agree with Gnaphalium polycaulon.



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