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Bittervine, Mile-a-minute, American rope, Chinese creeper, Mikania vine • Manipuri: ঊৰী হিঙচাবী Oori hingchabi;

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Wild Weed for ID : Munnar : 261011 : AK-2:  Taken at Munnar growing wild by the roadside on the 20th of Oct,2008.

A wild weed with tiny white flowers resembling Asteraceae.


Mikania micrantha indeed the only genus of Asteraceae which is a climber



 

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Climber for identification 110812MK01: Please help me to identify this plant found commonly in valparai area. The leaves measure up to 15cm long. I can’t see any flowers or fruits, hence no idea about its family. There is no fragrance. I photographed this near rain forest edge.

Place: Valparai, TN
Alt.: 950 m asl

Date: 28 July 2012


I think this is Mikania micrantha (Asteraceae)


Now I got this weed plant. May I have any of your Mikania micrantha pictures uploaded here?


Here it is, our Mikania.


Many thanks for the identification. Mikania micrantha (Asteraceae) is now becoming an invasive of concern; I think it is colonising in the north -eastern and southwestern part of the country. I cannot find your picture …
Please refer this along with pictures (specimen): http://www.tropicos.org/Name/2701038

The English name is ‘mile-a-minute’



 

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Mikania micrantha Kunth from Hooghly: This is the most common vine, RABON-LATA (RAVANLATA) in Bengali, in Hooghly, a prolific weed to people but a nectar plant to a host of butterflies.

H & H : very common vine, trailing, twining, dense foliage; the sap of this plant is often used by rural kids in minor cuts and wounds
Date : 29/10/12, 10.10 a.m.
Place : Hooghly

Attaching images of butterflies and damselflies on this plant, recorded in 2011, around November and December.
Catopsilia_pyranthe
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Simply superb observation and very valuable ecological information … All ur posts are very informative.


One thing i forgot to mention that this vine is also used extensively for packing fresh vegetables to retain the freshness (water content) while transporting to city markets.


Spotted this article in todays Times of India


Thanks … for sharing this article. Thanks to … for finding this Mikania climber and also reporting it..


Unfortunately this Mikania creeper is already well established in several parts of Maharashtra. In the Neral area it has been profusely spreading for the past ten years, at least. Even after burning during the summer it manages to survive and spread further every monsoon.



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Asteraceae climber : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Pls help me for correct nomenclature for this species.


Please help us identifying faster by providing the necessary details about the plant and its locality.


… most probably Mikania micrantha Kunth … widely getting naturalized, of invasive nature.



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Mikania micrantha Kunth : an interesting observation : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).

Never did I see that they can develop nodal roots in submerged condition!



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ANNOV15 Which Mikania sp.? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Nelliyampathy, Kerala
6th November 2014


It is Mikania micrantha H.B.K, introduced weed



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SYMBIOSIS : 681 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Attaching an image of a Tailed Jay butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 689 : 1 post by 1 author.

Attaching an image of a Slate Flash butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 693 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Common Evening Brown butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 700 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Grey Pansy and a Peacock Pansy butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 701 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of Common Sailer butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 702 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Red-spot Jezebel butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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The year 2014 is going to close down shortly, and this is my concluding post for the year, hopefully there will be no break for me and I will try to share my observations continuously and keep learning..
This plant is a surprise for me, I only heard that this aggressive weed has invaded Western Himalayas coming all the way from NE Himalayas (though a non-native), but never seen this anywhere..
Invading a far off place like Panipat shows the tendency of this spreading herb.. this may become a nuisance very soon..
These are fresh shots recorded today. Please suggest if I should eradicate this from the place, or let it grow..(though I wanted to see this somewhere, and this very kindly came to me)..
Mikania micrantha today (31.12.14) from Panipat, hope the id is right

Thanks for teaching me all through the year and I wish Everyone a Very Happy New Year 2015..


This has spread all the way to Kerala and Karnataka too sir. I’ve seen it growing very luxuriantly all along the ghat sections.


isn’t there a policy in govt. books somewhere or the botanical council or some such body of govt. that  decides these things? or is it still in its infancy or not even organized ? i would really like to know



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SYMBIOSIS : 712 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)
Attaching an image of a Punchinello butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMDIOSIS : 713 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Plain Tiger butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 714 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Grey Pansy butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 715 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1).

Attaching an image of a Moth on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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SYMBIOSIS : 716 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Peacock Pansy butterfly on the flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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Attached images are Mikania micrantha Kunth
Date : 04.12.2014
Location: Assam
Family : Asteraceae
Genus & species : Mikania micrantha Kunth
Habitat: Grows wild 

Habit : Twiner


Nasty weed. Has reached everywhere. I think you missed the pictures.


Sorry. Here the Images. Attachments (4)



 

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SYMBIOSIS : 815 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Peacock Pansy (In fact there are two) visiting flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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Mikania : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Mikania scandens and a beautiful pollinator (Tawny Coster?)


What is the difference between Mikania scandens & Mikania micrantha for identification purposes?


The differences between M. scandens and M. micrantha are as follows:  “[T]he inflorescence is habitually looser and more paniculate in M. micrantha than in M. scandens; the inflorescence in M. scandens is mostly crowded with round-topped corymbs


I have to at the plant once again, as it seems more likely to be
micrantha than scandens


Here are two pics. One is Mikania micrantha and the other perhaps scadens. Attachments (2)


Thanks, … Is there any difference in the leaves?

According to Wiki- leaves are variable in both spcies, however, in
scandens the leaves are more cordate
and in micrantha they are more hastate. I shall look into the plants closely and then let you know more elaborate.



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Re: SYMBIOSIS : 870 : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (1)

Attaching an image of a Double Branded Crow visiting flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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Makutta Ghat Karnataka
Date: 24 FEB 2017 … Elevation range: ~ 87 – 263 m (288 – 865 ft) asl
ID please

Dear friends,
Would like to know ID of the dentate-leaved climber, if this sole photo gives any clue to recognize it. Found it commonly, though always at a distance, not affording close-up, or better views.


It looks like Mikania micrantha, a widespread invasive weed.  I hope you didn’t see this plant deep inside the forest.


Thanks …; it does look like, and must be Mikania micrantha !

I found it along the ghat at few places.



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Mikania micrantha Kunth (accepted name) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)

 

Location: Balason River, Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 22 April 2017
Altitude: 2000 ft.
Nepali Name: लहरे बनमारा Lahare Banamaaraa

This is spreading very fast…


Thank you …  Yes, it is menacing Nepal jungle.



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Fwd: SYMBIOSIS : 1036 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (1)

A collage of Commander visiting flowers of Mikania micrantha.



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Flower for Id -ID24122018SH2 (mixed thread): 6 posts by 3 authors. 1 correct image as above- 4 mb.

Flower for id pl.
Location – Wayanad ( Kerala)
Date – November 2018

First one is Mikania scandens, second one is Perscaria chinensis, both are climbing, Mikania is an exotic weed


I think we have only distribution of Mikania micrantha in the area as per Flora of China and BSI Flora of India.



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Flower for id -27122018SH4 : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 5 Mb.
Flower for id pl.
Location – Wayanad (Kerala)
Date – November 2018

The inflorescence seems to be of Mikania micrantha, the leaves could be of some other plant.


I am getting confused between M.scandens and M.micrantha. Earlier (24.12.2018) I had posted one image

which was identified as M.scandens by … To me, both look very similar. I am attaching that image again for the reference. This plant was very common in Wayanad region.

I was not aware that we have Mikania scandens too distributed in India.

I hope somebody familiar with both these species help in identification.

Surely … We shall wait for someone to throw more light on these species

Pl. check details about species available in India at

Also check keys at

Here you can see also distribution of both species.

I think we have only distribution of Mikania micrantha in the area as per Flora of China and BSI Flora of India.



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Mikania micrantha :: Iruppu Falls, Coorg :: 12 NOV 19 : 5 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.

Iruppu Falls  Coorg

Date: November 12, 2019 … Altitude range: about 850 – 1,000 m (2,800 – 3,300 ft) asl
Mikania micrantha  Kunth

Horror for plant world.


Yes, it has made its presence felt in almost all forests around Coorg and Wayanad, and of course many other places.


south american species
invading indian soil

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367253017332796


Thank you, … Yes, a strong invader.



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Mikania micrantha Kunth : 7 posts by 2 authors. 5 images- 5 mb or more.

Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 26 November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.

Habitat: Wild


Yes sir ! A nuisance in NE States, WB, Bihar and All over WG. Invasive of highest grade.

Thank you …! Yes really a nuisance!

Please help me for identifying this species collected from Kottayam district of Kerala.


Mikania scandens


This plant may be Mikania cordata (BURM. F.) R.L. ROBINSON (=Eupatorium cordatum Burm.f.; Mikania scandens sensu Hook.f.) as per Mikania


Mikania micrantha Kunth



 

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Mikania scandens: Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
I hope, this is Mikania scandens this time, the earlier pic proved to be M. micrantha.

Note flowers are not in loose spike, infl. umbel like, Leaves are cordate not hastate


This plant may be Mikania cordata (BURM. F.) R.L. ROBINSON (=Eupatorium cordatum Burm.f.; Mikania scandenssensu Hook.f.) as per Mikania


I guess Mikania micrantha Kunth . Did not find distribution for M. cordata and M. scandens.



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