Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers. (Images by Dinesh Valke (Id validation by Gurcharan Singh) & Anurag N Sharma (validation by A H Munshi) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links))


Pseudognaphalium adnatum (DC.) Y. S. Chen (China (Fujian, Gansu, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Henan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan, Zhejiang), Taiwan, SE-Tibet, Pakistan (Swat, Hazara, Dir, Murree), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Darjeeling, ?Sikkim), Bhutan, Nepal, Philippines (Luzon), Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myanmar [Burma] (Mandalay, Shan), Laos, Cambodia, ?Vietnam as per Catalogue of life)



Pseudognaphalium hypolecum (DC.), O. M. Hilliard & B. L. Burtt (Images by Alok Mahendroo and Nidhan Singh, (Inserted by Gurcharan Singh) (Please click link to see all images))

Helichrysum buddleioides DC. (Images by Prashant Awale (ID by Muthu Karthick), Inserted by Gurcharan Singh)



A complete list of Asteraceae (Compositae) of India has been published by BSI in 2009 as FLOWERING PLANTS OF INDIA- DICOTYLEDONS VOL 1 (ACANTHACEAE – AVICENNIACEAE) written by S.Karthikeyan, M.Sanjappa & S.Moorthi. Photographs (about 215) in this document are added by S.R.Yadav & N.Sasidharan. As per this document (Karthikeyan et al.,2009) following wild species of Gnaphalium are known in India:

1- Gnaphalium coarctatum Willd.
2- G. flaccidum Weinm.
3- G. polycaulon Pers.
4- G. thomsonii Hook.f. 

No Gnaphalium seems threatened in India as no species is mentioned in Red Data Book of Indian Plants by Nayar and Sastry (1987-90).

Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution
DC. is a synonym of Pseudognaphalium hypoleucum (DC.) Hilliard & B.L.Burtt
Herb Western Ghats,
Evergreen Forests, Open  Localities
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Gnaphalium luteo-album L.  subsp. luteo-album = Pseudognaphalium luteoalbum (L.) Hilliard & B. L. Burtt Herb Western
Ghats, Evergreen Forests, Open
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987
Nilgiri, Theni, Tirunelveli
Gnaphalium luteo-album L. subsp. affine (D. Don.) Koster is a synonym of Pseudognaphalium affine (D.Don) Anderb. Herb Western
Ghats, Evergreen Forests, Open
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. II, 1987


Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Gnaphalium affine is a synonym of Pseudognaphalium affine (D. Don) Anderberg Asteraceae Cotton Weed
Gnaphalium polycaulon Gnaphalium floccosum, Gnaphalium gracillimum Asteraceae Many-Stemmed Cudweed
Pseudognaphalium hypoleucum Gnaphalium hypoleucum Asteraceae White Leaved Cudweed
Pseudognaphalium luteoalbum Gnaphalium luteoalbum, Helichrysum luteoalbum Asteraceae Weedy Cudweed



Floristic Diversity of Assam By Bora, Yogendra Kumar (2003)- Details with keys

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

Gnaphalium & Pseudognaphalium : 1 post by 1 author

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Gnaphalium & Pseudognaphalium

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

If someone can provide complete list of Indian species with source references it will be wonderful.

Any comments/ corrections are welcome.

I have added list of species of Gnaphalium and Pseudognaphalium in India with reference.


Pl. go through Gnaphalium & Pseudognaphalium page (Asteraceae (Compositae)) with images of species in efloraofindia (done by … & me).

If you find any mis-identification, pl. let us know.

If anybody can send images of other species of this genera (for incorporation in the website), it will be really nice. Also, if anybody is interested to take up the activity of inserting images on efloraofindia pages from efloraofindia posts, pl. let us know.