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TSP-MAY2016-03-332: Images of Holmskioldia sanguinea (Lamiaceae) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

It is my pleasure to share few images of Holmskioldia sanguinea (Lamiaceae 

Habit: A scrambling shrub 

Habitat: Cultivated as an ornamental hedge plant 

Sighting: Mudigere and Sakaleshpur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 12-09-2014, 12-12-2014 and 28-04-2016

Wonderful close ups.

yes this is the familiar one

It is my pleasure to share few images of Holmskioldia sanguinea  (Lamiaceae)……An yellow variant 

Ref: http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Chinese%20Hat.html 

Habit: A scrambling shrub 

Habitat: Cultivated as an ornamental hedge plant, 

Sighting: Mudigere, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1000 msl 

Date: 12-12-2014

I have grown once and seen a few but they were all reddich/orange sets


Straggling Shrub for ID, Auroville, Tamil Nadu NAW-MAR17-10 : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

Kindly identify this straggling shrub with ornamental orange flowers, photographed at Auroville, Tamil Nadu in a private garden in March 2017.

Habit similar to Bouganvillea vine but not having any spines. My guess is that it is an exotic species.

Cup and Saucer plant?

Holmskioldia sanguinea

Yes – this is Holmskioldia sanguinea following your hint i found it in the flowers of india website.

Good to know it is “native” to the Indian Subcontinent though not to Tamil Nadu.


Lamiaceae (Incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Holmskioldia sanguinea from Kangra- NS May 38/38 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

This shrub was recorded from outskirts of Kangra town, H.P.

Holmskioldia sanguinea

this is what i am talking about you have these (also … and … of course) plants from nature

i asked in another thread

tell us


Lamiaceae (Incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Holmskioldia sanguinea from Morni Hills- NS May 76/76 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)

This is from Morni Hills, Holmskioldia sanguinea ..

yes. pictures are a bit overexposed, otherwise the red is really impressive in pictures


Holmskioldia sanguinea: Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz. (Verbenaceae). It is blooming now.

Holmskioldia sanguinea for sure. Common name chinese hat due to the nature of the flowers.

Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Chinese hat – Holmskioldia sanguinea from Murnaadu: Chinese hat. Holmskioldia sanguinea Verbenaceae Native Shrub Murnaadu, Kodagu (Coorg), Karnataka

02 Sept 2009

One of the ornamental plants in Mysore city. A hardy shrub. The shrub is also in full bloom nearby my house. The habit is similar to Bougainvillea. In fact from a distance the plant can be easily confused for Bougainvillea. I will upload the photographs in a separate posting, as there is no provision to attach a file to this thread.


Sending herewith the photographs of chinese hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea), in full bloom.
An ornamental plant, which can be easily confused for Bougainvillea.  

Place : Mysore city- Bogadi area. Photographed on 7.7.2011.

Holmskioildea sanguinea Retz. (Yellow form)

Lamiaceae (Verbenaceae)

Holmskioldia sanguinea. Known as Cup- and- saucer plant or Chinese hat plant.
I have a plant with red flowers. Didn’t know there is a variety with yellow flowers.

Yes Commonly the flowers are reddish.

In fact the name sanguinea indicates the colour red
The plant List mentions two other synonyms which may be due to colour variation.
Needs further exploration.
Holmskioldia sanguinea f. aurantiaca Yin Yin Kyi & DeFilipps Synonym WCSP
Holmskioldia sanguinea f. citrina Moldenke


Flower for ID – 120812 – RK1:  Have seen this flower in red but seeing in this colour for first
time. Shrub – pic taken 12/08/12 at Lalbagh Botanical Garden,Bangalore. request ID.


Sharing the images of Chinesh Hat from Coimbatore: Sharing the images of Chinese hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea) from NBNP, Anaikatti, Coimbatore.

Yes very nice, I had one of these in my home (another time, another time zone) way back when, but the skirt was red…. I wonder if this is available in nurseries in India… in kolkata to be precise.. would any member in kolkata know of any?


Holmskioldia sanguinea- Frm Pune: Holmskioldia sanguinea, Verbenaceae from ILS campus, Pune, Dated- 14 th Jan 12.
Common name-
Chinese Hat Plant, Cup and Saucer Plant, Parasol Flower

so cute Thanks for sharing

Nice set of pictures.

Her is my link.


Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz. from Guwahati.: Attached images are Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz.

Date : 02/12/2012
Location: Guwahati [Dist- Kamrup(Metro)]
Family : Verbenaceae
Genus & species : Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz
Habitat: Grows wild on hilly area
Habit : Large shrub, scandent.
Flower : Red in colour.
Calyx : Scarlet orange red

need id for this plant : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 3 authors.

Resized picture, request help with id

The plant with the orange flower is Holnaskiolda sanguinea.

Common names-Chinese hat, Cup & saucer, Parasol flower and Mandarin’s hat.



Red flowers from Assam : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
This shrub with deep red flowers taken near the Jia Bhoroli river bank with the Nameri National Park on the other side in Assam. Please identify the flowers?

This is Holmskioldia sanguinea….. the Cup and Saucer Plant

Flower for id – ID08042014SH1 : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 3 authors.

Flower for Id pl.
Location –Manas National Park,Guwahati.
Date- 04.03.2014
Habitat –Wild

Holmskioldia sanguinea,

cup and saucer

Isn’t Breynia retusa known as cup ans saucer plant ? Those flowers are different !

It is not Breynia retusa. The earlier identification is correct, i.e. Holmskioldia.

I know it is not Breynia retusa. But I was reffering to the common name Cup and saucer plant. I thought “Cup and saucer” is the common name of Breynia retusa.


pls validate.Homskioldia sanguinea.011014.RT-3 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).

pls validate. Homskioldia sanguinea/ H.citrina. ‘Parasol flower, Mandarin’s hat’.
Place-Peerumedu; Kerala.
Habitat-cultivated garden.
Height-5/6 feet.

Yes, it is

Beautiful pics and rightly identified..

Attached images are Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz.
Location : Assam
Date : 2012

Family : Verbenaceae


Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz.  … also placed in Verbenaceae

at Sagar Upvan on April 14, 2012

Holmskioldia sanguinea


brings memories

last time i saw this flowers… it was in my garden, 30 or more years ago, had rescued it from an abandoned part of a large nursery…

Attached are pictures of Holmskioldia sanguinea (red variety) captured at a resort in Dharamshala in October 2014.

Oh I didn’t know it’s from Lamiaceae

Nice upload


Attached are pictures of Holmskioldia sanguinea (yellow variety) captured at Sagar Upvan, Mumbai in February 2013.

nice. was there a id label or did somebody leading the tour id it?

Thanks… This was clicked in a garden, there was no label.

But this is common in gardens here… I am not aware if the yellow variety has a different ID…..

oh. nice. wonder why does it not come to the east coast?


It is my pleasure to present a few more images of an yellow variant of Holmskioldia sanguinea (Lamiaceae 

Habit: Shrub 

Habitat: Cultivated- Ornamental 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl 

Date: 12-08-2015

Beautiful & serene images.

Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz. (accepted name) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 10 January 2017

Nepali Names : झुले फूल Jhule Phool  / घण्टि फूल Ghanti Phool/ अपुतो Aputo


Beautiful pale green flowers: Does anybody know what this flower/ plant is called. From a distance, it looked like there were leaves of different coloration on the plant, but on a closer look the pale green leaves turned out to be the most exquisite of flowers!

This could be Holmskioldia sanguinea.


Khandala on the 15,16, 17th Nov.’08;  In Arunachal Pradesh. Pasighat- Nov.’08?; Pune on 11 March’09?; smriti van Jaipur- 8.3.2009; Pachmarhi- Nov’09; in the Garden of Pandava Caves situated in Panchmari (Madhya Pradesh); Buxa fort area- Oct’10?; chinese hat – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Khandala flowers – indiantreepix | Google Groups For Id – indiantreepix | Google Groups Identification – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Wild Flora- Buxa fort area – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Requesting for identification – efloraofindia | Google Groups
ID(ID-DKB124) – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Dattaji Salvi Udyan  Thane

Date: May 5, 2018 … Altitude: about 11 m (36 feet) asl
Holmskioldia sanguinea  Retz.

Chinese hat plant. This is common in Mysore city as well. During luxurious  growth & flowering it looks like a bougenvilliea bush.  Beautiful close ups.

Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz. : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)- around 400 kb each.
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude: 1475 m.

Date: 21 November 2018

Habit: May be cultivated

Yes. Chinese hat plantCommon in Mysore.

M.P01 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

Need ID of this plant from Panchmrhi, Madhya Pradesh.

12 December 19

Holmskioldia sanguinea Retz.

yes, Parasol plant, a lamiaceae. or popularly known in Florida as a cup and saucer plant.
the color i remember was orangish red flowers. not this bright dark red, blood like color
when i first saw it almost 40 years it was in a nursery Florida near the highway on the way to Miami.
it was so unique we all were impressed and remember to this day.
but were sad when locally, and this unique plant, later escaped and became weedy
some very nice herbarium pages
MY question, … is this an isolated plant or is it part of a colony?

Thanks … Only single plant of mentioned species is growing on bank of small pond.


73 ID wild plant: 20 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location:         near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:.              19.04.2021, 02.50pm
Altitude:           1700fsl
Habitat:            wild moisture
Plant habit:      climbing, big hard stem
Height:             06 meters
Leaves:            opposite heart shaped apex
Flower:             diameter:19mm, red non fragrant, separate male
and female flower bunches
Camera:           mobile LG K10 2017 13mp

Holmskioldia sanguinea

I agree with …

I concur with …. It is a common garden plant here : Chinese hat !!!

Check my  earlier post at efi thread

By the by it is not a wild plant but a garden escape !!!


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