Leucas longifolia Benth., Labiat. Gen. Spec. 744 1835.;


For Id 131011 NS1:
This wild shrub I photographed at Pune ( Warje). on 5.10.11.
I went again for taking pics but cauz of incessant rain in last few days here.. it was tattered.
So Plz identify with these poor pics.

Leucas sp for sure but … I m nt sure abt. Leucas aspera.
Flower looks same but leaves dont. Only in 1-2 pics leaves match otherwise leaves of this sp r acicular and in d pics they r not. I hv dwnlded one pic of Leucas aspera and putting both mine n that one for comparison. Plz judge.

I m still in doubt … Leaves of Leucas lavandulifolia dont match either. I referred … Pic. (link attached).
Leaves of L. lavandulifolia n L. aspera looks same, (both serrate) but of this sp. looks different (smooth margins).
I duuno , may b I m wrong. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/517437888/

please check with some Herbarium specimens in Good herbarium Institute for confirming the species identification,, I am unable to locate the proper texture of the leaves in the photographs and some minute

The entire leaves and straight-mouthed calyx point to Leucas longifolia, but differs in having solitary flowers. Agree with …, it is not L. aspera nor L. lavendulaefolia – both of these have strongly oblique calyx mouth and serrate leaves etc. More views of pictures, close-up shots should help. Pl also refer Dr. V.Singh’s monograph for easy and correct id.

Photographed today. I hope this’ll help.

Very nice to see that … has critically checked the id based on the suggestions.
I agree with …. that the person who collected/photographed the plant should cross check the id for confirmation with key characters. As we cant see most of the characters in pictures there are chances that the id may go wrong.
Here in this case, I erred in suggesting L. lavendulaefolia, and now I feel that the id suggested by … would be correct.
Please refer some earlier threads @ and reference therein
efi thread…

it matches with d images in d thread. Then finally it is Leucas longifolia. (but with solitary flowers, as … pointed out).


Lamiaceae (including Verbenaceae) Fortnight : Lamiaceae : Leucas longifolia : Nasik : 05MAY15 : AK-2 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).
Posted earlier on our group, identified by …


Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Lamiaceae ::Leucas aspera Pune:: SMPMAY01/01 : 12 posts by 4 authors. 1 image.
Leucas aspera or Leucas longifolia
? Please opine.​

efi page on Leucas aspera & Leucas longifolia

Leaves have resemblance to the photograph with furrowed midrib portion at : http://indiabiodiversity.org/species/show/33159 . Pl check.

I think close-up calyx and whorls, along with bracts are essential to ID a Leucas species. Fortunately we have experts who can identify any plant merely by a mid-shot plate. Of-course, doctors, bestowed with knowledge-info-wisdom and equipped with latest gizmo, can do miracle! This is probably Leucas longifolia Benth. of Flora of British India.

Thank you …. I thought it looks similar to –

But, I must be wrong, thank you for correcting me.

Thanks … It is very difficult to check all the characters in a photograph and it often leads to confusion. However, such in-depth studies / reference work, as done by you, is very essential to arrive at the correct ID. I appreciate your efforts to dig out all the details and posting them for the benefit of the members of the group. It is laudable.
In this connection, I wish to state that many a time ecological conditions like Edaphic, Weather, Humidity etc ., determine the shape of a particular plant in a micro climate. For. e.g. Boheraavia species. If I remember right B.diffusa under high calcium conditions the habit of the plant is quite different with many variations in the foliage structure etc. It grows very luxuriously. In my own experience when I was doing the taxonomy dissertation thesis for my Masters course (decades ago) on the ‘Fort wall flora of Srirangaptna’ (Tippu sultan’s fort) I found this glaring difference. The morphological characters of the species growing on the crevices differed from the plant growing on the land very close to fort wall, raising doubts. Plant growing on the fort wall was very luxurious (all parts bigger in size). When the plant growing on the fort wall was transplanted to the ground close to the fort wall it changed its habit and resembled the one growing on the land. Therefore it is very confusing even to professional taxonomists to ID the plants. One has to take into account all the factors into consideration. On an another occasion, a renowned taxonomist, very close to me, during his visit to my house , noticed the beautiful ornamental plant in full bloom and asked me what plant it was. I just asked him to identify as he was a big taxonomist, and wish to know from him the correct ID. He could not ID the plant i.e. the common Adenum species! When I revealed the true identity he was upset and said that he was familiar with only wild species.
Checking the character with the specimen is very essential for such doubtful IDs. Let the person who posted the original posting check it and confirm it.
All the best in your efforts to contribute to the flora of India through e-flora.

I fully subscribe to your views, all aspects. I have also noted/experienced variations in a species, and there are several, depending upon ecological condition. And also when a picture of mango leaves was presented before me I failed to identify the species, though I see mango trees everyday. I fully agree with the view that let the person posting the thread decide what species he/she has contributed to the group.

so do you have any more pictures? like a nice lateral view of the flower, maybe?

It’s more from the leaves I suppose.
The plant is common and I will get the lateral view again later

Thanks …, please check efi thread

… Calicut University has confirmed it as Leucas longifolia.

ID Request 160813SG-B : Attachments (3). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Help ID of following herb found in wild; photo on 16Aug13

My id is Leucas asperaLamiaceae

Leucas aspera

… could be Leucas longifolia Benth.

efi page on Leucas longifolia & Leucas aspera

Plz see Leucas lavendulifolia

Leucas aspera (Willd.) Link should have (ref. FoC) –

  • densely hispid many flowered globose verticillaster
  • hispid linear bracts as long as calyx
  • oblique calyx mouth, calyx hispid outside, teeth straight-triangular-spinescent apex
This species is not Leucas aspera (Willd.) Link.
This species is as … suggested L. longifolia Benth.


Lamiaceae (incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight :: Lamiaceae :: Id Request – Leucas :: Mumbai :: ARKMAY-79/79 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)Requesting to please provide ID of the plant captured in October 2014.
Growing by the roadside in Mumbai.
This is my concluding post for this fortnight.

This is similar, if not same, to efi thread.

Please note … comment in the thread above.
Besides, stem should be four-angled as per FBI.
Several works have been done on peninsular India of which I have no access. Please consult your local flora and wait for botanists’ views.

Thank you … for providing a possible ID (L. longifolia)…
Unfortunately, this was found by the side of a busy intersection, it is no longer there….

This is the most probable id …. Number of flowers, i.e. 2 here is not problem, the only issue is flowers should be sessile (as per FBI), but there is pedicellate flower in at least one thread which also I think L. longifolia

Thanks … I will label it as L. longifolia.

Images by Shubhada Nikharge – validation by Vijayasankar Raman, (inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)





On 13/9/08 at Vanasthalipuram Deer Park in Hyderabad, AP; 15th August, 2009- Purendar Fort, Near Satara; on Vetal Tekdi Pune-27/11/09; 4th of November, 2009: on the outskirts of Nasik; Nannaj GIB sanctuary, near Solapur, Maharashtra in Oct 2009;

Request for ID : 300810-AK-2 – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Leucas species – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Fw: Is my id correct? – Leucas longifolia _OCT09_SSN2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Common Leucas – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Leucas longifolia (Dudhani)? – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Satara, MH :: Leucas for ID :: ARK2020-040 : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)- around 900 kb each.
Saw this plant by the roadside near Satara, MH in October 2019.
Requested to please ID.

Leucas zeylanica var. walkeri (Benth.) Hook.f. ??

Leucas longifolia !!

Thanks … for feedback. It looks more like Leucas longifolia pics on efi.

Yes, I also agree for Leucas longifolia Benth. as per comparative images at Leucas

This is Leucas longifolia

From my old collection again……
Leucas species with linear leaves.
Herbs 1-2 feet in height
Commonly observed around Pune
I hope both the images are from same species

Leucas longifolia ??

Thanks a lot. Will try to find more about it….

I discovered the old thread with same photo. Conclusion was L.longifolia.


Seen this Leucas at Malhargad near Pune in September 2020 on a small hillock.
Seems like Leucas longifolia based on eFI pics.
Requested to kindly validate.

Correct ID !

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