BSI Flora of India with details & keys (Volume 3- 1993) (Distribution):
Melochia corchorifolia L. (India: Throughout; Pantropical)
Melochia nodiflora Swartz (India: West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Kerala – a naturalised weed)
Melochia umbellata (Houtt.) Stapf (India: Maharashtra, Karnataka (Coorg), Kerala and Andman & Nicobar Islands (Nicobar Islands); Myanmar, Malesian Islands and Mauritus)


Binomial Habit Notes References Distribution

Herb Plains, Moist
Flora of Tamil
Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
All districts
Melochia nodiflora Sw. Shrubs Plains,
Naturalized, Native of Tropical America 
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983
Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur 
Melochia pyramidata L. Under
Naturalized, Native of Tropical America
of Tamil Nadu, VOL. I, 1983


Botanical name Synonyms Family Common name
Melochia corchorifolia Sterculiaceae Chocolate Weed
Melochia pyramidata Sterculiaceae Pyramid Flower

Melochia corchorifolia L. (A pantropical weed)

Species with description & keys in Flora of China (Distribution other than China):
Melochia corchorifolia Linnaeus [Japan; pantropical].

Vegetables (2004)- Details-
Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 1 By T. Pullaiah, D. Muralidhara Rao, K. Sri Ramamurthy (2002)- Details-
Flora of Medak District, Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, Chintala Prabhakar, B. Ravi Prasad Rao (1998)- Details-

Flora of Ranga Reddi District Andhra Pradesh, India By T. Pullaiah, M. Silar Mohammed (2000)- Details-

The Flora of British India, Volume 1 By Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker (1875)- Details-
Melochia velutina Wall. ex Bedd. is a synonym of Melochia umbellata (Houtt.) Stapf

Melochia (Malvaceae) : 1 post by 1 author.

I have updated eFI (efloraofindia) page on Melochia (Pl. click).

Attempts have been made to incorporate most of the species available in India & nearby areas with details & keys directly or through links as far as possible. It’s quite possible that there may be some discrepancy in the accepted names & synonyms taken from other links.

Species discussed so far in efloraofindia are given at the bottom of the page in the form of links against Subpages. On clicking them one can see all the details.

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