Henna, Mehendi मेहेंदी (Hindi), Hena pambi (Manipuri), மருதாணி Marudaani (Tamil);
Oman (Mascat & Oman), Yemen (Aden Desert, coastal Hadhramaut, Inner Hadhramaut, SW-Yemen, W-Yemen), Pakistan (Sind, Baluchistan, Pakistani Punjab), Jammu & Kashmir (Jammu), Andaman Isl. (South Andaman Isl.), Nicobar Isl. (Great Nicobar Isl.), Laos (I), Vietnam (I), Thailand (I), India, Java (I), Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar [Burma], Singapore (I), Philippines (I), Lakshadweep Isl. (Laccadives), Maldives, China (Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Jiangsu, Yunnan), Somalia, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Sudan, ?South Sudan, Benin, Togo, Guinea, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comores, Cameroon, Mozambique (I), Chad (I), Jamaica (I), Peru (I), Turks & Caicos Isl. (I), Nicaragua (I), Haiti (I), Dominican Republic (I), Puerto Rico (I), Cuba (I), Virgin Isl. (I), Panama (I), Lesser Antilles (I) (St. Martin (I), St. Barts (I), Antigua (I), Saba (I), St. Eustatius (I), St. Kitts (I), Nevis (I), Montserrat (I), Guadeloupe (I), Dominica (I), Martinique (I), St. Lucia (I), Barbados (I)), Fiji (I), Guyana (I), Belize (I), Surinam (I), Ecuador (I), Mexico (I), Costa Rica (I), Northern Marianas (I) (Alamagan (I)), Southern Marianas (I) (Saipan (I), Guam (I)), Bolivia (I), Venezuela (I), Guatemala (I), Colombia (I), Mauritania (c), Morocco (c), Algeria (c), Tunisia (c), Libya (c), Trinidad & Tobago (I), Tajikistan (I) as per Catalogue of Life;


cute white : Lawsonia inermis:
Attaching images of Lawsonia inermis found inside a village.

Species : Lawsonia inermis L.
Habit & Habitat : shrub, app. 18 ft, village roadside
Date : 10-05-12, 2.20 p.m.
Place : Krishnapur, Chanditala (Hooglhy)
ID help : efi thread

efloraindia: 211111 BRS188: Sharing the images of Lawsonia inermis.

Location: Coimbatore.
Date: August,2011
Habitat: Urban (Road side)
Habit: Medi

Nice pictures of the Mehandi मेंदी or Henna plant.

had seen flowers before …. but not fruits… thanks…


Lawsonia inermis :: SMP Nov 02 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Lawsonia inermis
Family: Lythraceae
I was waiting for long time to catch the flowers of this Henna plant.
Got the chance to catch it on a recent trip to Dive Agar in Aug 2014

Thank you, … your patience paid off and we get fruits of your labor..
I enjoyed it and will make a good reference.
are those ripe fruits, did you get to get one or to open up and look at the seeds inside?


Fruit for Id -ID27022016SH2 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)

Picture of fruit for Id pl.
Location – Sasan Gir
Date- 21.2.2016

Is it the fruits of Lawsonia inermishenna?

I think … is right as it appears to be Lawsonia inermis

Yes – It is the fruits of Lawsonia inermis L.

Thanks … Earlier I had never seen Henna Fruits.

Flora of Panipat- Lawsonia inermis- Mehndi-17072011:  Lawsonia inermis
Mehndi from GT Road Samalkha Panipat from front of a house
Family: Lythraceae

Nice catch of the close ups. This is a very very common plant in Southern India. Almost every house (which has a garden) will plant this in Chennai, Mysore, Bangalore  etc….

Lawsonia inermis of Lytheraceae family (Henna/mignonette tree)

The leaves have a cooling effect and applied on sole of the feet to reduce burning sensation. The leaves are also chief ingredients in natural hair dyes.


Plants for Holi colours: Green:
With the realization that artificial colours are toxic and harmful for human body, people are increasingly shifting to to vegetable colours for Holi celebrations.

Whereas any plant can be experimented, here are some very commonly used.
Dried and powdered leaves of Gulmohar (Delonix regia) yield a good green colour powder.
Young leaves of Wheat (Triticum aestivum) dried and powdered also yield safe green powder.
Henna or Menhdi (Lawsonia inermis) alone or mixed with wheat flour can also be used as powder; wet colours can be obtained by mixing Henna with water or using different mixtures of pastes of Spinach (spinacea oleracea), Beet leaf (spinach in Indian Plains, Beta vulgaris), mint (Mentha spicata), coriander (Coriandrum sativum), tomato leaves (Lycopersicon esculentum) used for green colour.

I feel that the patients having Eczema must consult the Health experts before using Delonix leaves. In many cases it aggravates the troubles.

sharing the photograph of Lawsonia inermis taken during an interaction with vaidyas from Ranpur
Name of the species: Lawsonia inermis
Family: Lythraceae
Place of collection: Ranpur
Habit: Shrub
Habitat: Wild, near perennial streams at village boundary
Altitude: 200 to 300 m above msl
Uses: The root is used to treat jaundice along with other plan parts.

Henna… thanks for showing the leaves, fruits and flowers..
about the healing properties of the leaves: is known …BUT … did you gather any new information from these vaidyas.. how do they use the seeds and flowers?
or do they also use only leaves and may be roots…

Fwd: LAWSONIA INERMIS( MEHENDI ) : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Lawsonia inermis (MEHENDI).


Lawsonia inermis L. :: Waghbil, Thane :: Jun 9, 2007 · JUN23 DV367: 2 images.
Lawsonia inermis L.
Waghbil, Thane :: Jun 9, 2007 · 10:52 AM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl


Lythraceae: Lawsonia inermis L.: 1 image.
synonym: Lawsonia alba Lam.
location/date: University of Agricultural Sciences campus, Bangalore, July 1997