Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 22:511. 1887 as per POWO;
Madagascar, Costa Rica (I), Guatemala (I), Lesser Antilles (I) (Guadeloupe (I)), Hispaniola (I), Puerto Rico (I), Paraguay (I), Venezuela (I), Bolivia (I), Colombia (I) (Antioquia (I), Cundinamarca (I), Huila (I)), El Salvador (I), Honduras (I), Mexico (I), India (I), Australia (I) (Queensland (I)), New Caledonia (I), Norfolk Isl. (I), Hawaii (I) (Hawaii Isl. (I)) as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Polka Dot Plant, Freckle Face, Flamingo-plant, Measles plant
Herbs, 20-30 cm high; stem branched, cylindrical, jointed. Leaves opposite, 2- 4.5 x 1-2.5 cm, lanceolate, elliptic ovate, acute, entire, variegated; petiole 1-2.2 cm long, glabrous. Flowers axillary; bracts 4, jointed about the terminal end, lobed spathe like, unequal in size, 2 are pointed, other two are obovate, 1-1.5 x 0.1-0.2 cm, hirsute, dark green. Flowers 1 or 2 within the bract. Sepals 5, pale white, hirsute at the tip, lanceolate. Corolla white, tube narrow at the base, ca. 0.7 x 0.1 cm, then dilated and curved, bilipped, lower 3 lobed, lobes ca 0.9 x 0.5 cm, upper 2 lobed, lobes narrow, 1-1.2 x 0.1 cm, pubescent on the dilated and lower part of the lobes. Stamens 2, filaments 0.7-0.9 cm, hairs downwardly pointed sparse, anthers lobe yellow. Ovary 0.2 x 0.1 cm, oblong, tip pointed, glabrous; ovules 4; style 1.7- 1.9 cm, stigma slightly bifid; disc membranous, 4-5 lobed. Fruit a capsule, elongated, 0.3-0.4 x 0.1 cm, puberulous; seeds 4, glabrous.
Flowering and fruiting: November-March
Grown in the High Ranges
Native of Madagascar and North America, now in India
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)
Found this as a garden plant at the Kodagu Valley Resort.
Also found along roadsides as an escape.
Based on the ornamental dots on the leaves, looks like some species of non-native species of Peristrophe / Dicliptera … ID please
May be mistaking it to be non-native.
– I think Hypoestes phyllostachya (Polka Dot Plant).
– Indeed Hypoestes phyllostachya.
– I saw this plant in Kotagiri (Nilgiris) at an altitude of about 2000 MSL.
Date Oct 2011
sharing pictures of Hypoestes phyllostachya; Polkadot plant at Pune
efloraofindia:”For Id 03112011MR2’’ ? Hypoestes phyllostachya yellow flowers Pune:
Can this be Hypoestes phyllostachya? but it had yellow flowers.
Date Oct 2011
ht about a foot
green leaves with white spots
Yes I think you are correct … This is ineed Hypoestes phyllostachya
yes, … aslo called polka dot plant.. yours is the white variety.. usually more common is the pink and green leaf…
makes a nice potted plant indoors in winters in the western hemisphere…
BUT IN TROPICS>>>>
one has to be very careful with how you dispose of the houseplant..
there are reports from Australia, Hawaii etc where these are considered NOXIOUS weeds… toxic to cats and cattle, /// AND
CROWDING out native shrubs…
somebody mentioned that it is reported as weed in INDIA too, but I cant find a reference …
… on google there are 47,100 results when I searched just now for ”
Hypoestes phyllostachya a weed in india”.. could not go thru ALL THAT!!
**I remember in the 1990s the decade… we had a profusion of these, cuttings root very fast in a day or two in summer… at NYBG family garden we could not give it away FREE .as a starter plant … in the beginning children loved the pink colored leaves… soon parents (in a couple of years) would say no, thanks… .. go figure !!!
SO NOT EVERYTHING THAT”S BEAUTIFUL TO THE EYES IS DESIRABLE IN THE GARDEN…**
BUT …>> IT DOES NOT TAKE AWAY FROM THE BEAUTY OF YOUR PLANT>>>
just dont root more cuttings than you need for your own use… and dont throw away plants in garbage heap.. only throw them in compost…
efloraofindia:”For Id 03112011MR3’’ ? Hypoestes phyllostachya Pune:
Sorry for the over exposed picture
Can this be Hypoestes phyllostachya?
Date Sep 2011
ht about a foot
green leaves with purple spots
Yes it is, put it in shade and it will become more spectacularly purple green foliage
Please help me to identify this shrub found colonised near a private garden in Valparai of TN.
Could this be Peristrophe sp. of Acanthaceae?
Leaf: 6-8cm long
Flower: c. 1.5 cm long
Place: Valparai, TN
Alt.: 950 m asl
Date: 29 July 2012
Could this be Hypoestes phyllostachya??
The plant is from a hill station of Tamil Nadu; planted ornamental.
Hypoestes phyllostachya Polka Dot Plant
ANDEC07 Acanthaceae for identification : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3).
polka dot plant
descriptions and flowers you have are what I remember… but the dots on your leaves are much less than what you’ll find on googling… a weed from madagaskar .. i want to say … Hypoestes phyllostachya
popular houseplant in the west and a weed in australia
we do see them in nurseries here in monsoon when its hot and humid.. here in NE india.
This plant is Hypoestes sanguinolenta
The plant uploaded seems to be Hypoestes phyllostachys
Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Hypoestes phyllostachya :: Mizoram :: PKA-MAR03/03 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Hypoestes phyllostachya :: Coorg :: DVMAR71/82 : 3 posts by 2 authors.
nice. never seen flowers of this. very popular houseplant esp in snowy regions brings color to the roomwhen all is dreary out there.
African plant .. so was this in the wild ie naturalised? or was it at a garden // nursery
Thanks … This plant was at a landscaped resort, cottages built according to natural contours, and the wilderness let remain intact. The resort management have smartly planted some of the ornamentals as well as native plants amongst the other wild growing.
TSP-JUN2016-394:Images of Hypoestes phyllostachya (Acanthaceae) : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
It is my pleasure to present few images of Hypoestes phyllostachya (Acanthaceae)
Habitat: Wild, wastelands by the road.
Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1200 msl
Date: 12-09-2015 and 22-10-2015
Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Location: Kharipati, Bhktapur, Nepal
Date: 12 November 2017
Elevation : 4400 ft
Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Hypoestes phyllostachya :: Mizoram:: PKA-MAR23/23: : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
I found this plant bit interesting. I had seen this at the outskirts of Aizawl (Mizoram) at the beginning of the forest cover. This herb was found to be dominating the area. Leaves were with spots.
Really interesting, thanks …
180919EPT13 : 5 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)
Presenting for ID help
Location : Kodaikanal
Elevation : 5900 ft
Habitat : Found in a graveyard
Taken on 18th Sep 2019
I concur with …
Ditto from me. !
id pl-up-feb-3. : Attachments (1). 1 post by 1 author.
Pl confirm the id of the sps of` `Dicliptera`.
This is seen in Kodagu-Aa belu-area.
this is the only photo with me.
Has it been identified ? Do you have any other images ? It appears interesting.
This is Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker as per images and details herein.
283 ID wild plant: 9 images
Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Kumily, Idukki Dist. Kerala
Flower date: 09.01.2022, 10.35am
Habitat: wild moisture
Plant habit: creeping, branches, rigid purple weak stem, velvety, annual
Height: 01.5 feet
Leaves: greenish pink, opposite, heart-shaped, white shades, hairy, size:06×4cm or less
Flower: racemose, size:15×03×11mm, pink, non fragrant
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s
Hypoestes phyllostachya Baker
Yes, it is Hypoestes phyllostachya, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,