Rhopalephora scaberrima (Blume) Faden, Phytologia 37: 480 1977. (Syn: Aneilema protensum (Wight) Wall. ex Thwaites; Aneilema scaberrimum (Blume) Kunth; Aneilema scaberrimum var. fruticosum C.B.Clarke; Commelina protensa Steud. [Invalid]; Commelina scaberrima Blume; Dictyospermum protensum Wight; Dictyospermum scaberrimum (Blume) C.V.Morton ex Panigrahi; Dictyospermum scaberrimum (Blume) J.K. Morton; Floscopa bambusifolia H.Lév.; Lamprodithyros protensus (Wight) Hassk.; Phaeneilema scaberrimum (Blume) Raizada; Piletocarpus protensus (Wight) Hassk.; Piletocarpus protensus var. angustifolius Hassk.; Piletocarpus protensus var. intermedius Hassk.; Piletocarpus protensus var. latifolius Hassk.; Pollia bambusifolia (H.Lév.) H.Lév.; Rhopalephora scaberrima var. fruticosa (C.B.Clarke) Vrinda & Panikkar; Tradescantia scaberrima (Blume) Hassk.);

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Erect herbs, to 1 m tall. Leaves scattered, oblong-lanceolate, acuminate, base rounded, narrowed into a petiole, hispid above and glabrous below, to 15 x 3.5 cm, sheath hispid, to 2.5 cm long. Panicle terminal, glandular pubescent. Flowers blue, 0.8 cm across. Sepals basally connate. Ovary 3-celled; ovule 1 in each cell. Capsule globose, pubescent 3.5 mm across; seeds planoconvex, glandular.

Flowering and fruiting: July-September
Semi-evergreen forests
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi





Fwd: SK839 30 OCT-2017:ID- 2 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)

Location:  Suryavinayak, Bhktapur, Nepal
Date: 7 October 2017

Elevation : 4600 ft.

Which one is the correct ID ?? 
Dictyospermum scaberrimum (Blume) H. Hara
Rhopalephora scaberrima (Blume) Faden
Dictyospermum scaberrimum (Blume) C.V.Morton ex Panigrahi 
Dictyospermum scaberrimum (Blume) J.K. Morton

Rhopalephora scaberrima (Blume) Faden is the correct one. 
Between, if you have access to the plants, please see the seeds, is it brown or white?   



Flora of CRF_8 : 9 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2).
Please help me to identify this grass.

Why do you feel this is a Poaceae member? I think it is a Commelinaceae member…

Thus is not Poaceae, Poaceae never have flowers like this
The floral anatomy of Poaceae is completely different from other plant members just like an Asteraceae.

I am reattaching the pics. Please help me to identify this commelinaceae sp. 

Attachments (2)

Commelinaceae I hope

Please see our earlier posting regarding Rhopalephora scaberrima may be you all get the answer.
… If it is possible then please provide details like Place, Date, Habitat,etc.
Thanx for sharing.

Here is the link to the thread pointed out by …


ANDEC106 Rhopalephora scaberrima : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7).
Family: Commelinaceae
Place: Nelliyampathy-Nemmara Road, Kerala
Date: 8th November 2014
Identified by: …

Wow! What a beautiful monocot !!

Thank you sir. Yes, it was a nice find for me. It was growing by a small stream.


ID REQUEST 09022015 PTR1 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
Look like Orchid !???
Flora of Kaiga_ID_Please_09022015 PTR1
Date/Time-:05/02/15   –    09:30
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb/ Orchid 
Length- 1m

May be any Commelinaceae

Yes … you are right!

This is Rhopalephora scaberrima 
Family: Commelinaceae

Makutta Ghat Karnataka
Date: 24 FEB 2017 … Elevation range: ~ 87 – 263 m (288 – 865 ft) asl
Rhopalephora scaberrima (Blume) Faden … (family: Commelinaceae

Yes …, it is indeed.

Thank you very much, … for validating the ID.

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