Melhania incana B.Heyne ex Wight & Arn., Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 68. 1834.;
India: On red-soil in open dry places and scrub jungles. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; Australia as per BSI Flora of India;
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2002- Description & KeysMelhania incana & Melhania hamiltoniana (with illustration));

Subshrubs, young parts tawny pubescent. Leaves 3-5 x 1.5-2.5 cm, ovate, lanceolate, obtuse at apex, slightly cordate at base, minutely serrate; petiole 1-3 cm, pubescent, stipules linear. Cymes axillary or terminal, 1-4 flowered; bracteoles 3, linear 7 mm; sepals slightly united, 7 mm, pubescent; petals obovate, yellow; stamens 5, staminodes 5, longer than stamens, 6 mm, basally united; ovary 5-celled, style simple; stigma 5 partite. Capsule loculicidal, 1 cm long, dehisce from apex to base and connate basally.

Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Scrub jungles and dry deciduous forests
India and Australia


Malvaceae week: Melhania incana Heyne ex Wight & Arn.: Name: Melhania incana Heyne ex Wight & Arn.
Family: Malvaceae (earlier Sterculiaceae)

Date: May 05 2011
Location Sathyamangalam RF at 300 m ASL

Please help to id this herb. Commonly found in forest floors of deciduous forests. Is this any Malvaceae member?


26-08-2010 / 01:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GP

Moyar valley; ca. 300msl; TN

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 

barren hillock; wild

Plant Habit-

procumbent herb


Up to 20cm

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

ca.2 X 6cm; obtuse apex; 

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

terminal thryse

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 

yellow coloured; 1cm across

This is not a Malvaceae member

Melhania incana, i suppose.

Melhania incana perfect for me

Many thanks for the identification of this Sterculiaceae member.




efloraindia: 141111 BRS162: Pl. find the attached file contain photos for id .request.

Date: 13.11.2011
Location: Air Port Road, Coimbatore.
Habitat: Urban (road side)
Habit: Herb

Yes this is Melhania incana of Sterculiaceae.




07092013 BRS 515 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.

Pl. find the attached file contain photo for id. confirmation.

Location: IFGTB, Coimbatore
Date: 06.09.2013
Habitat: Garden
Habit: Herb

I think this is Melhania incana of Malvaceae (previously in Sterculiaceae).

Very nice pictures!



Identification of Melhania sp. : 6 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4) – 1 Mb each.

Pl help to identify the Melhania sp. attached.
It was found near to the human habitat. Small herb of half foot height.
Bright yellow flowers borne at the terminal and also end of the branch.
Whether it could be Melhania velutina ?

It was recorded at Radhapuram, Tirunelveli Dist, Tamilnadu on 18-01-2015

Thanks, … Pl. check Melhania incana
Melhania velutina is not found in India as per Melhania

Thank you …

Yes, it appears to be M. incana Heyne ex Wight & Arn.



Decaschistia sp : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Decaschistia sp. Small wild herb from Tadipathri area of Andhra Pradesh

Any Malavaceae member ?

Check it with Melhania incana 

It looks like Melhania incana B.Heyne,  


Identification of Melhania sp. SK 2 : 5 posts by 1 author.

I attach the following specimens for identification
It was recorded in Valliyur, Thirunelveli Dist, Tamilnadu
Date: 26-05-14 time 7.12 am
Completely trailing on the ground except the end of the branches.
It may be Melhania sp.
It is completely different from the previous one identified as Melhania incana

Pl. check the keys at

Melhania species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available on net)

Melhania acuminata (var. acuminata ?) or (var. agnosta). Pl check.

I think close to images at Melhania incana B.Heyne ex Wight & Arn. Also matches with keys at

yes it is Melhania incana 


India Biodiversity Portal 

JSTOR | Global Plants: Melhania incana (Specimen)

Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2002- Description & KeysMelhania incana & Melhania hamiltoniana (with illustration))

The Plant List (Unresolved)