Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng., Syst. Veg. 1: 42 1824. (Syn: Acanthodium spicatum Nees; Dianthera tomentosa Roxb. ex C.B.Clarke; Justicia bengalensis Spreng.; …; Justicia canescens Lam.; …; Justicia lamiifolia Roxb.; Justicia nummulariifolia Vahl; Justicia origanoides Vahl; Justicia pusilla Pohl ex Nees (Unresolved); Justicia tomentosa Roxb.; Justicia vestita Roem. & Schult.; Nelsonia albicans Kunth; Nelsonia brunelloides (Lam.) Kuntze; Nelsonia campestris R.Br.; Nelsonia campestris var. vestita (Roem. & Schult.) C.B. Clarke; Nelsonia canescens var. vestita (Roem. & Schult.) E. Hossain; Nelsonia hirsuta (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.; Nelsonia lamiifolia (Roxb.) Spreng.; Nelsonia origanoides (Vahl) Roem. & Schult.; Nelsonia pohlii Nees; Nelsonia rotundifolia R. Br.; Nelsonia senegalensis Oerst.; Nelsonia tomentosa A. Dietr.; Nelsonia villosa Oerst.; Origanum lanatum Bojer ex Nees; Rhaphidospora vestita G.Don (Unresolved); Ruellia eriostachya Bojer ex Nees (Unresolved); Zahlbrucknera repens Pohl ex Nees (Unresolved));
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nel-SOH-nee-uh — ?
kan-ESS-kens — grey hair, greyish
commonly known as: blue pussyleaf
Native to: tropical w Africa; naturalized elsewhere
Hooghly Today : Nelsonia campestris R.Br.: (7 images) ID Help :-
N.canescens (N.campestris)! The basal leaves are large and make a rosette which many a times dries out at the time of flowering.
Yes I also agreed with … ID. … this is Nelsonia canescens.
Thank you very much …
The problem i faced is that FoC informs N. canescens (Lam.) Spreng. has entire leaf margin, but my plant has both, entire and serrated, attaching two more pics.
However, The Plant List equates N. campestris R. Br. with N. canescens (Lam.) Spreng. – http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2380159.
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Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng. (?) from Assam : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8).
Attached images may be Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng. Please validate
Family : Acanthaceae
Genus & species : Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng(?)
Habitat: Grows wild on open field
Habit : Herb, prostrate
Yes it IS.
Nice to see the distinct streaks of purple within the petal lobes, which is quite rare in the populations I have seen so far.
Nelsonia canescens from …
Acanthaceae Fortnight: Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng from Assam-KD 02 Mar 2015 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Attached images are Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng from Assam.
Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Nelsonia canescens :: Chorla Ghat :: DVMAR79/90 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng.
along Chorla Ghat on February 18, 2012
amazing what and how you see, … your habitat pictures are most educational
wish every body took habitat pictures
that’s one most important thing for a national database if its to be useful
(along with gps data, which should be kept secret in case of scarce // endangered flora)
may be we should make a temporary lets say i month rule that no response to query if no habitat picture was included
Acanthaceae Fortnight :: Nelsonia canescens :: Karnala :: DVMAR78/89 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
Nelsonia canescens (Lam.) Spreng.
at Karnala Bird Sanctuary on February 12, 2010
Elegant pics as always….refreshing !!
Habitat: Open Forest
Elevation: 95 m
Yes, Acanthaceae but I am unable to identify the species
Pl. check at
try Tetramerium of acanthaceae family
very hairy acanthaceae, with even hairy leaves it seems from your picture.
my question to you AND PLEASE ANSWER fully to your ability
how tall was this plant. haw many were there in the vicinity? is it wild or escaped from garden?
i have only seen one: Tetramerium nervosum at ucberkeley botanical garden. i dont have a pic handy but cal photo does
it resembles it but not quite 100%
… any possibility of Nelsonia sp. ?
6-10 cm tall. there were 7 plant in the vicinity. It is wild.
ok. the one i saw was about a bit more than a 10 to 12 inches tall.
… good idea. i looked up on the net and our cases don’t match
in length od inflorescence and color of flowers and the leaves. i am stumped. what now? may be … would know? our Pitamah …? please help
No, no, … I am just putting forth my guess.
Thanks, …, for the id.