P. zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br. var. zeylanica (Himachal, Kashmir, UP, Uttranchal, W. Bengal, MP, Tripura, Bihar, Orissa, Mar., AP, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

syn: P. auriculata Wight; P. indica L. ; P. indica var. alienata; P. indica var. angustifolia Wedd.; P. indica var. tetraptera Wedd.; P. indica var. diffusa Hook.f. ; P. indica var. microphylla Hook.f.; P. tuberosa Wight; P. vesicaria Wight as per efi thread  Let us identify our Pouzolzia species

 

Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br., Pl. Jav. Rar. 66-67 66 1838. (Syn. Parietaria indica L.; Pouzolzia indica (L.) G. Benn.; Urtica glomerata Klein ex Willd.; Parietaria zeylanica L.; Pouzolzia indica (L.) Gaudich.; Pouzolzia indica var. alienata (L.) Wedd.; Pouzolzia zeylanica var. alienata (L.) Sasaki; Urtica alienata L.) as per The Plant List; 

¿ pou-ZOL-zee-uh ? — named for the French botanist Marie Casimir de Pouzolz … Wikipedia
zey-LAN-ee-kuh — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) … Dave’s Botanary 
Erect or ascending perennial hairy herb; leaves opposite, sometimes alternate, gradually reduced in size upwards; petiole 2-4 mm long; stipules 2-4 mm long, triangular-ovate, ciliate; leaf ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5-7 cm long, one or two lateral veins from middle portion of leaf in addition to basal pair of lateral veins, rigidly hairy especially along veins; floral clusters axillary, ciliate along margin; female flowers sessile, male with 1.5-2 mm long pedicel, flowers 4-5 merous; fruiting perianth strongly ribbed or winged; achene shining black to brown.

Keys of Indian Taxa available at Pouzolzia    


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Urticaceae from Valparai for identification 230712MK01: Please help me to identify this herb found in a wet habitat near rocks in Valparai part of western ghats. Is this any Pouzolzia sp.? The plant is almost 1.5feet long; closer to rain forest. The leaves are 5x2cm (hairy) and flowers in minute fascicles.
Place: Vaalparai, TN
Alt.: 920 m asl
Date: 12 July 2012


Is it Pouzolzia zelyanica ?


Yes to me also Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Bennett,

Syn: Parietaria zeylanica L.; Parietaria indica L.; Pouzolzia indica (L.) Gaud.


 

 

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15102011GS3 a herb from Mussoorie Chakrata road for ID:  Small herb photographed along Mussoorie Chakrata road near Dakpathar and near Baratkhai. small delicate herb less than 20 cm tall, with reddish stem, densely spreading hairy especially on leaves; leaves lanceolate, 2-3 cm long, narrowed into very short petiole, base gradually narrowed; flowers barely 2 mm or so, in dense axillary clusters, reddish.

Requesting for ID


Pouzolzia by any chance?


Sir it appears to me that your picture Dubia-12-MJussoorie Chakrata road near Bharatkhai-2.jpg is different from other two as it was taken arround 12.00PM on 16-9 and other two at 10.00 AM. Correct me if i am wrong


Yes they were taken from two different places, as written along with photographs but I could not find any difference. Please tell me if you find any.


I observed a little difference in shape of leaves. I may be wrong in this observation.


Thanks for a big lead …  I have never seen this in the field. Out of the four species described in Flora Simlensis, it fits best with P. indica. Initially I would have gone for P. hirta probable because of strongly hairy leaves but latter has 3-15 cm long leaves, whereas this plant did not have any leaf longer than 3 cm.


Please check species of Urtica as well.


Finally identified as Pouzolzia zeylanica var. zeylanica

Distinct upper veins clinched the issue.


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Pouzolzia zeylanica (Linn.) Benn. var. zeylanica from Dakpathar and Mussoorie Chakrata Road.: Pouzolzia zeylanica (Linn.) Benn., Pl.Jay. Rar. 66. 1838 var. zeylanica

syn: P. auriculata Wight; P. indica L. ; P. indica var. alienata; P. indica var. angustifolia Wedd.; P. indica var. tetraptera Wedd.; P. indica var. diffusa Hook.f. ; P. indica var. microphylla Hook.f.; P. tuberosa Wight; P. vesicaria Wight 
Erect or ascending perennial hairy herb; leaves opposite, sometimes alternate, gradually reduced in size upwards; petiole 2-4 mm long; stipules 2-4 mm long, triangular-ovate, ciliate; leaf ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5-7 cm long, one or two lateral veins from middle portion of leaf in addition to basal pair of lateral veins, rigidly hairy especially along veins; floral clusters axillary, ciliate along margin; female flowers sessile, male with 1.5-2 mm long pedicel, flowers 4-5 merous; fruiting perianth strongly ribbed or winged; achene shining black to brown.
Photographed in September from near Dakpathar and near Baratkhai along road to Chakrata.
This plant was difficult to fix because of lot of variation in this species, but then distinct upper veins clinched the issue.

The Plant List shows different name from its stated IPNI link: The Plant List shows different name from its stated IPNI link from where it has stated to have derived its name.

 e.g. it gives Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br. as per link http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/tro-33400676


but when one clicks on IPNI link on this page it shows off as Pouzolzia zeylanica ( L. ) Benn.  
I noticed a few other similar discrepancies. I think there are many. 


Thus, in such cases where stated name does not appear to be correct, it’s better to first check its IPNI link on the page.


This time I think The Plant List is correct, as evidenced by citation in monograph on World Species by Wilmot and Friis


I think Yes.
From earlier discussions the above pictures match with P. zeylanica. Esp the additional pair of veins in the middle of the leaf above the base.
“Erect or ascending perennial hairy herb; leaves opposite, sometimes alternate, gradually reduced in size upwards; petiole 2-4 mm long; stipules 2-4 mm long, triangular-ovate, ciliate; leaf ovate to narrowly lanceolate, 1.5-7 cm long, one or two lateral veins from middle portion of leaf in addition to basal pair of lateral veins, rigidly hairy especially along veins; floral clusters axillary, ciliate along margin; female flowers sessile, male with 1.5-2 mm long pedicel, flowers 4-5 merous; fruiting perianth strongly ribbed or winged; achene shining black to brown.

You make identification so easy in the first line, and also so tricky in the rest of the mail!


The rest of the mail with red text has been copied from an earlier mail from some orher member which describes the plant details. I mentioned the relevent detail in one single line.


The red text is very much like the descriptions of various species in FoC and FoP and it is quite hard to understand for common people.


 

 

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ANOCT11 Please identify this plant- Pouzolzia sp.? : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).  

Nandi Hills
1st October 2014


Very nice images. Most likely to be P. zeylanica var. zeylanica

Thank you sir.


 

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Plant for ID Pakkamalei, Tamil Nadu NAW-OCT-25 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Kindly identify this this plant with caulifloral pink flowers photographed at the Pakkamalai Reserve Forest, Tamil Nadu in September 2014.
I didn’t get a picture of the habit – but these were growing forming a uniform bunch growing over an area about 5-6 metres wide and a metre thick. Maximum height was less than 1 metre.
Leaves possibly 3-4 cm. long. minute flowers along the stem.

It is Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. 

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Hooghly Today : Pouzolzia ? :  Attachments (7 + 11).  12 posts by 3 authors.
Yes, with changed name Gonostegia hirta (Blume) Miq. (=Pouzolzia hirta (Blume) Hassk.).


Thank you very much for confirming. But, FoC says that the leaves in Gonostegia hirta (Blume) Miq. are opposite.


With alternate leaves we have the possibility of G.pentandra as per FoC. Which looks like attached image. I feel your plant is not closer to G.pentandra; or it is yet not with well developed flowers.


Thank you, very very much, for helping.
Yesterday, i also thought of G. pentandra, but stopped short of. Instead i set it to our group.
Bengal Plants has 5 Pouzolzia, i copy below –
I. Lobes of the male perianth convex or gibbous, on the back (all three now syn. of P. zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br. var. zeylanica as per Let us identify our Pouzolzia species)
  • 1) P. indica Gaud. : leaves mostly alternate, base cuneate, nerves 1 pair above the basal…. = In most of the provinces
  • 2) P. indica var. alienata Wedd. : leaves mostly opposite, base rounded, nerves 1 pair above the basal….. = In all the provinces
  • 3) P. auriculata Wight : leaves all alternate, nerves many, branching; stamens always 5 = Chota Nagpur
II. Lobes of male perianth abruptly inflexed about the middle, transversely folded at the flexure, hence the buds truncate; leaves with three simple primary leaves running nearly or quite to leaf apex :-
  • 4) P. pentandra Benn. : stem terminating in a bracteate spike = Orissa, Chota Nagpur (FI informs it can be found about Calcutta)
  • 5) P. hirta Hassk. : stem not running out into a bracteate spike = Chota Nagpur
The above is Greek to me!
However, Bengal Plants equates P. indica Gaud. with Urtica suffruticosa of Flora Indica.
Flora indica informs (U. suffruticosa) :-
“Suffruticose, leaves alternate, lanceolate, broadest at the base, entire, three nerved, smooth…… Female calyx one-leaved, with a contracted, bidentate mouth; and the outside deeply ribbed and hairy…”
Any chance (pic P1030738.jpg)?


If flowers develops, the issue can be solved with confidence. To me it appears that flowers are yet to develop in this plant.


Revisited the plant today, took some statistics. This herb is about 2ft., with small branches. Not, sure if there was any prostrate main stem. The place was moist and covered by other weeds. Leaves are all alternate, smaller in the lower part of the stem (last pic).
Don’t know if it will help. Will try to revisit after some days.


Current Classification & keys can be seen at Pouzolzia for Indian taxa.


This plant is in flowering in Pantnagar and dissection of flower indicate that it is Gonostegia hirta (=Pouzolzia hirta) only. The character of leaves (opposite/ alternate/ subalternate) is not a reliable character since I have seen this plant with opposite as well as alternate leaves. Pouzolzia and Gonostegia are differentiated as follows:

Tepals 4 in male flowers, stamens 4, not inflexed…………………………………………Pouzolzia
Tepals 5 in male flowers, stamens 5, inflexed …………………………………………….Gonostegia 


Thank you Sir for the ID and details


I think it should be P. zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br. var. zeylanica as per images herein & as per keys at ‎Pouzolzia


 

 

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via Species‎ > ‎P‎ > Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. … family: Urticaceae
Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
¿ pou-ZOL-zee-uh ? — named for the French botanist Marie Casimir de Pouzolz … Wikipedia
zey-LAN-ee-kuh — of or from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asgraceful pouzolzsbush • Assameseborali bokuadudhmor • Kannadaಕಲ್ಲುರುಕ್ಕಿ kallurukki • Malayalamകൽച്ചീര kacchiraകല്ലുരുക്കി kallarukki,നെയ്ചീര neychiraനെയ്‌ത്തുമ്പ ney-ththumpa • Tamilநீர்ச்சின்னி nir-c-cinni • Teluguఎద్దుముట్టె దుంప eddu-mutte dumpa • Tuluಕಲ್ಲುರುಕ್ಕಿ kallurukki 
botanical namesPouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. … synonymsPouzolzia indica Gaudich. • Urtica glomerata Klein ex Willd. … status at The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1. 
September 4, 2016 … Yeoor Hills (part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park) 


Update:
 • Assamese: বৰালি বকুৱা borali bokua, দুধমুৰ dudhmor, গাখীৰতী gakhiroti
 • Nepali: बन पाते ban paate, बारबेरे baarabere, चिप्ले झार chiple jhaar, मास लहरी maas laharee, नीचा साग nichaa saag


Telugu spelling small variation: ఎద్దుముట్టె దుంప


Thank you very very very much …, for this help with critical observation; will correct my notes.



Names of Plants in India :: Assamese names for Pouzolzia zeylanica : 4 posts by 2 authors.

I hope to get these Assamese names borali bokua and dudhmor for Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. in native script. 
Many thanks to Brahmananda Patiri for help with these name in native script: বৰালি বকুৱা borali bokua, দুধমুৰ dudhmor, গাখীৰতী gakhiroti in facebook group.


 

 

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SK751 24 SEP-2017:ID : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)

Location:  New Town Eco Park
                 Kolkata, India
Date: 10 September 2017
Elevation : 25 ft.


Pouzolzia sp. to me…


Pl. check comparative images at genus page in efi site. 


Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. & R. Br.  ???

Or some variation of it ??


I also think appear close to images at 

https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/species/m–-z/u/urticaceae/pouzolzia/pouzolzia-zeylanica


Thank you …! Nepali Names : चिप्ले झार Chiple Jhaar / मास लहरी Mas Laharee / बारबेरे Baarabere / नीचा साग Nichaa Saag / बन पाते  Ban Paate   


 

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Pouzolzia indica var. alienata;

Pouzolzia auriculata Wight;

 

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Kancheepuram Dist, TN- 20/11/2009; Please identify. – indiantreepix | Google Groups

 
SK 2731 09 August 2020 : 9 posts by 2 authors. 7 images- 6 to 7 mb each.

Location: Gyaneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal
Date: 27July 2020

Altitude: 1300 m

Habitat : Wild 
I guess ID is Pouzolzia zeylanica (L.) Benn. but looks slight different!

Hope you’re right …


 

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