Mussaenda treutleri Stapf, Bot. Mag. 135: t. 8254 1909. (syn. Mussaenda frondosa var. grandifolia Hook.f.);
Scandent shrubs; branches lenticellate. Leaves opposite, to 18 x 8 cm, broadly elliptic-acuminate, hispid on the veins on both surfaces; stipule ovate-lanceolate, to 8 mm long, lobed halfway down, hairy without. Fowers in terminal dichotomous cymes; bracts and bracteoles lanceolate, subulate. Calyx lobes to 1 cm long, linear-lanceolate, tomentose without, deciduous. Corolla tube to 3 cm long, tomentose, lobes ovate-acuminate. Fruits subglobose, glabrescent, to 1 cm across; seeds foveolate.
Flowering and fruiting: June-September
India and Nepal
SK1322 26 JUL 2018 : 17 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)- around 700 kb each.
Location: Osho, Balaju, Raniban’ Nepal
Altitude : 4600 ft.
Date: 7 June 2018
Habit : Wild
Which Mussaeda ?
Try to match the sepals in the comparative images.
Thank you …! Mussaenda treutleri Stapf
Recently seen in Sikkim.
Is it the same …
Yes, it is.
Where are the additional image ?
Nepali Name : धोबिनी Dhobinee
I also agree with … for Mussaenda treutleri as per
Images in Flowers of India looks different and may be of some other species.
There seems to be some discrepancy in the description of Mussaenda treutleri at FOC and elsewhere.
According to Bhutan Biodiversity Portal, the sepals of Mussaenda treutleri are described as:
” Calyx lobes filiform, tappering from base, 4-8 x 1mm, pilose. Corolla tube 1.6-3.2cm, distinctly widened upwards, sparsely pilose;“
sepals of Mussaenda macrophylla are described as
“Calyx lobes oblong oblanceolate or oblong elliptic, tappering from middle, 7-15 x 1-3mm, pilose. Corolla tube 2-2.8cm, pilose upwards“
At India Biodiversity Portal, the calyx lobes of M. treutleri are described as
“Calyx lobes to 1 cm long, linear-lanceolate“
I differentiated the two species based on the length of sepals compared to that of flower-tube. Going by the above description, the sepals of Mussaenda treutleriare much smaller than the flower-tube and very narrow. Sepals of M. macrophylla are larger (less than about half the flower-tube) and broader.
Based on the above, I would assume that this plant is Mussaenda macrophylla.
FOC described sepals of M. treutleri as “lobes lanceolate, ligulate, or oblanceolate, 7-18 × 3-4 mm” 1.8 cm sepal length looks much larger than that in the other two descriptions.
Thanks, … To me … plant matches with illustration at
Also matches with the keys between two closely related species from Flora of China:
From the keys, it is evident that hairs on stem play a key role in differentiating these two closely related species. Here the stem is clearly not sericeous with appressed indument. It appears to be villous.
Going through Flora of Bhutan also supports this as calyx lobes appear to be closer to filiform and tapering from the base rather than oblong oblanceolate or oblong elliptic, tappering from middle. Length of the calyx lobes and corolla tube seems to be quite variable as per the measurement given- thus there co-relation may not be correct.
Mussaenda macrophylla is different as per high resolution specimen and other posts by …:
Flora of China further states “This species is similar to Mussaenda macrophylla, and in the protologue M. treutleri was explicitly separated from plants commonly called M. macrophylla, both in the wild and in cultivation; in fact, the protologue noted that M. treutleri was already widely distributed in cultivation at that time incorrectly under the other name. Mussaenda treutleri subsequently has apparently still been confused with or combined with M. macrophylla, including by recent authors (e.g., Springate et al., Fl. Bhutan 2(2): 783. 1999). Mussaenda treutleri is here circumscribed somewhat differently than by H. H. Hsue and H. Wu (in FRPS 71(1): 301. 1999): the plants from montane Yunnan and adjacent regions with broad, generally persistent stipules were separated by Stapf from M. macrophylla and included in M. treutleri, and this distinction is followed here.”
Thank you …! …: Mussaenda pubescens and its SYN. are not listed in Nepal.
Flora of Manipur: Mussaenda : 19 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (2)
Mussaenda macrophylla, the white bracts are attractive even from a distance in the forest.
…, does this plant have a climbing tendency ?
It was a shrub …, if i remember correctly.
Shouldn’t this be Mussaenda glabra? I would like to be enlightened about the differences.
Nice set of Pics … I had come across this Mussaenda sp. growing wild in the forest cover of Matheran – Prabal valley. Attching few photographs of the same. Attachments (4)
… plant seems to be different from …
…, the query because, had found similar species of Mussaenda at Prabal Machi (near Panvel, Maharashtra) … 11JUL10 8:28AM
Could see those white bracts on the canopy of a small tree (this tree was out of reach, so could not get nearer).
…, I will verify the id once again. My id has reference to the short calyx lobes. http://www.iaat.org.in/Rheedea19_53-57.pdf
M. glabra looks different from my plant as well as that of …: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncmls/4326249184/ ; flowersofindia
… plants (beautiful pictures!) have longer calyx lobes and pubescent corolla. So both are different species as you said.
…, i understand that there are some ‘climbing’ (straggling) shrubs in Mussaenda, for e.g. M. pubescens. Your plant looks like a straggling shrub to me too. So this thread contains three different species i hope. [I am unable to give a clearer picture as i dont have access to Indian Floras at present].
If not wrong, my plant could be same as …, on account of location.
I had noticed this plant both on Panvel side as well as on matheran side. Photos shared by me were from Matheran side.
I am coming back to this post after several year, after gaining some clarity on the Mussaenda species of the Himalayas. This indeed should be Mussaenda macrophylla, as … had originally identified. The roundish petals and relatively large hairy sepals are characteristic features of this species. Mussaenda glabra Vahl, on the other hand, is pretty much a hairless plant (as the name itself suggests), and has very small sepals:
Mussaenda sp. for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2).
Location : Lengpui, Mizoram
Mussaenda – some species in India & eFI with some keys
MS May, 2016/28 Mussaenda sp. for ID : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Lengpui, Mizoram
Please check for Mussaenda frondosa
Mussaenda glabra ??
To me it appears more close to the images of Mussaenda frondosa rather than those of Mussaenda glabrata (Syn: Mussaenda frondosa var. glabrata Hook.f.);
Pl. also see illustration of Mussaenda frondosa from FOC: http://www.efloras.org/object_page.aspx?object_id=119813&flora_id=2
To me it seems to be Mussaenda frondosa.
Thanks, … for validation in … thread.
Mussaenda macrophylla is different as per
Fwd: Sharing Mussaenda macrophylla : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2) – 2MB or more.
Sharing some pics of Mussaenda macrophylla shot in Kathmandu valley at 4000 ft.
Mussaenda sp. for ID : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Mussaenda macrophylla is different as per
a wild Mussaenda : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
May be Mussaenda treutleri syn. Mussaenda frondosa var. grandifolia as per Concise flowers of Himalayas & as per link:
Mussaenda treutleri in FOI : 2 posts by 1 author.
To me it may be some other species.
MS Sept,2018/02 Mussaenda sp. for ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Location : Tamdil, Mizoram
Date : 18-06-2018
Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Wild
Pl. check species at /species/m—z/r/rubiaceae/mussaenda
Mussaenda frondosa L. ??
I think it is the same plant posted earlier many times by … and identified as Mussaenda treutleri as per images and details herein.