Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb., Hort. Bengal. 11 1814. (Syn: Hedyotis dichotoma (Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.) A.Rich., nom. illeg.; Hedyotis diffusa Spreng., nom. illeg.; Hedyotis heynei R.Br. ex Wall.; Hedyotis stricta Sm.; Hedyotis trichopoda A.Rich.; Kohautia stricta (Sm.) DC.; Oldenlandia asperula DC.; Oldenlandia dichotoma Roxb. ex Wight & Arn.; Oldenlandia dichotoma var. papillosa Chiov.; Oldenlandia herbacea var. dolichantha Bremek.; Oldenlandia herbacea var. dolichocarpa Bremek.; Oldenlandia herbacea var. dolichosepala Bremek.; Oldenlandia herbacea var. flaccida Bremek.; Oldenlandia herbacea var. papillosa (Chiov.) Bremek.; Oldenlandia heynei (R.Br. ex Wall.) G.Don; Oldenlandia heynei var. djalonis A.Chev.; Oldenlandia stricta (Sm.) Kuntze, nom. illeg. (ambiguous synonym));
Africa, Indian Subcontinent as per WCSP;
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Slender Oldenlandia • Hindi: पापेर भेद Paper-bhed • Kannada: kaag purale • Malayalam: നൊന്നാനമ് പല്ലു Nonnanampullu, scanganam-pulli • Sanskrit: छायापर्पटिका Chhayaparpatika • Tamil: நொந்நாநம் பல்லூ nonnanampullu • Telugu: chiriveru, thella nela vaemu, verri nelavaemu;
old-en-LAND-ee-a — named for Henrik Bernhard Oldenland, Danish botanist and curator
her-buh-SEE-uh — not woody

Much branched, erect herbs; stem 4-angled, narrowly winged along angles. Leaves sessile, 1.5-3 x 0.1-0.3 cm, linear-lanceolate, acute at apex, glabrous; stipules short, 3-4-setose on margins. Flowers solitary or 2-nate, axillary; peduncles filiform, 0.5-1 cm long. Calyx tube turbinate, to 2 mm, funnel-shaped; lobes triangular-subulate. Corolla white, 1-1.5 mm long, wider on mouth; lobes 5, minute. Stamens 4, included, subsessile. Stigma 2-fid. Capsule c. 2.5 mm across, subglobose, didymous, loculicidal. Seeds minute, trigonous.

Flowering and fruiting: July-December
Grasslands and moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Tropical Africa and Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)

Hedyotis herbacea ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups : 5 posts by 3 authors.
A small herb with minute flowers.

The prominently angled stems and solitary flowers confirm its id as H. herbacea

Seems to be H.herbacea

Thanks, …
It’s current name is Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb. as per link:

Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb.: Attachments (2). 1 post by 1 author.

Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb. Rubiaceae

750m Altitude,
Bevanattham, village, near Kelamangalam town, Krishnagiri DT, Tamil Nadu
Erect herb at foot hill
Became block on drying.
no uses recorded.

Dec 2015
Talegaon Dabhade Pune
Requesting to Id this wild herb with white flowers. it was difficult to get close up of flowers as they were very tiny.

Oldenlandia herbacea, Rubiaceae


Oldenlandia corymbosa L. SN Nov32 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Oldenlandia corymbosa L, diffuse herb from Virajpet area of Coorg, Karnataka

Thank you for sharing, never seen flowers having such significantly longer corolla tube than calyx lobes.

I think more closer to images at Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb. rather than those at Oldenlandia corymbosa


please find the images of Hedyotis corymbosa
Name: Hedyotis corymbosa
Family: Rubiaceae
Habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild, Grasslands
Place of collection: Ranpur, Nayagarh, Odisha

I think there is a mix up of images here.
First image is of Oldenlandia herbacea (L.) Roxb.
Can not say about other three images.

Yore right, …, there are mix-up images,
The second one, not Oldenaldia et al and third one resembles Mitrasacme indica, Loganiaceae member.


Bannarghatta Forest 04-10-09;  

Wild Flower for ID-101009-RK-2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Please ID the plant photographed in a Farmland in Chennai Last week (4.2.21). Looks closure to Hedyotis species (H.herbacea L.)

I too agree with you … for herbacea,


Konkan, MH :: Oldenlandia herbacea :: ARK2021-037: 2 images.
Seen this Oldenlandia herbacea on a field boundary in a village near coastal Devgad, MH in the last week of December 2020.
It has been identified as Oldenlandia herbacea on the Indian Flora FB group.

Yes it’s ma’am


Oldenlandia herbacea from below Mullayangiri, Karnataka-GS13022022-3: 4 very high res. images.
Oldenlandia herbacea photographed from below Mullayangiri, Karnataka, 26-9-2015.



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