Thespesia lampas (Cavanilles) Dalzell & A. Gibson, Bombay Fl. 19. 1861. (Syn: Hibiscus lampas Cavanilles, Diss. 3: 154. 1787; Azanza lampas (Cavanilles) Alefeld; Bupariti lampas (Cavanilles) Rothmaler.);
thess-PEE-zee-uh — from the Greek thespios (marvelous, divine)
LAM-puhs — from the Greek lampa (torch)
Common mallow, African chewing gum, azanza, quarters, snot apple, tree hibiscus, wild hibiscus • Assamese: বন কপাস bon kapas • Bengali: বন কাপাস ban kapas • Gujarati: જંગલી ભિંડો jungli bhindo, જંગલી પારસ પિપળૉ jungli paras piplo • Hindi: जंगली भिंडी jangli bhindi, बनकपासी bankapasi • Kannada: ಕಾಡು ಬಿಮ್ಡೆ kaadu binde • Konkani: रान भेंडी raan bhendi • Malayalam: katthurparathi, katupuvarasu • Marathi: जंगली भेंडी jangli bhendi, रान भेंडी raan bhendi • Nepalese: बन कपास ban kapas • Oriya: bilo kapasiva • Sanskrit: वनकर्पास vanakarpasah • Tamil: காட்டுப்பருத்தி kattupparutti • Telugu: అడవి బెండ adavi benda, అడవి ప్రత్తి adavi pratti;
Native to: east Africa, Indian sub-continent, Indo-China, Malesia


Tawny Coster laying an egg on Common Mallow:
Photographed at my farm at Shahapur over the weekend. The black-coloured egg of the Tawny Coster was perfectly camouflaged on the dry capsule of Common Mallow [Thespesia lampas, syn. Azanza lampas]. Presumably the caterpillar will feed on the fresh new leaves that will sprout with the onset of the monsoons.
  Sending a few photographs – the last one was taken by my friend .. .

wonderful sighting… and fotos… how far were you, or was the mother so intent that your lens etc did
not frighten her enough to fly away…

Beautiful photographs of the butterfly …  I have seen the caterpillars on the leaves of Passiflora foetida.

This was photographed using the full – zoom as taught to me by my friend .. who is professional photographer. This helps the subject stand out [while adequately blurring the background] and at the same time not disturbing the subject.

Nice fotos, looking forward the the next series of the cat and that of butterflies.
Last winter a pair of /Tagpfauenauge/ (Inachis io; Syn.: Nymphalis io) came into our Bathroom. I thought they wanted some shelter over the winter. I had read that they prefer celler or moist places. I did not know how to offer them such a place.  I did not disturb them, thinking, they knew what they were doing. Anyway I found them dead, a very disappointing sight. A pity indeed. But that is life.


Malvaceae Week: Wild lady finger:
Wild lady finger Pl provide botanical name

Most probably Thespesia lampas.

This is the Common Mallow [Thespesia lampas / Azanza lampas]. Please check this link for my photogrpahs of the Wild Ladies’ Fingers [Abelmoschus manihot] for comparison :…
Will send my photographs of the Common Mallow later.

Malvaceae week :: Thespesia lampas:
Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalzell & A. Gibson
thess-PEE-zee-uh — from the Greek thespios (marvelous, divine)
LAM-puhs — from the Greek lampa (torch)
[image: Thespesia lampas]<…>
Nov 30, 2007 at Nagla block of Sanjay Gandhi National Park
*commonly known as*: African chewing gum, azanza, quarters, snot apple, tree hibiscus, wild hibiscus • *Assamese*: বন কপাস bon kapas • *Bengali*: বন কাপাস ban kapas • *Gujarati*: જંગલી ભિંડો jungli bhindo, જંગલી પારસ પિપળૉ jungli paras piplo • *Hindi*: जंगली भिंडी jangli bhindi, बनकपासी bankapasi • *Kannada*: ಕಾಡು ಬಿಮ್ಡೆ kaadu binde • *Konkani*: रान भेंडी raan bhendi • * Malayalam*: katthurparathi, katupuvarasu • *Marathi*: जंगली भेंडी jangli bhendi, रान भेंडी raan bhendi • *Nepalese*: बन कपास ban kapas • *Oriya*: bilo kapasiva • *Sanskrit*: वनकर्पास vanakarpasah • *Tamil*: காட்டுப்பருத்தி kattupparutti • *Telugu*: అడవి బెండ adavi benda, అడవి ప్రత్తి adavi pratti
Native to: east Africa, Indian sub-continent, Indo-China, Malesia
   – [image: Raan Bhendi (Marathi: रान
भेंडी)] <…>…
Oct 14, 2007 at Kharghar Hills, Navi Mumbai
– [image: Bankapasi (Hindi:
बनकपासी)] <…>…
Sep 16, 2007 at Valley Park, Belapur Hills, Navi Mumbai
– [image: Kattupparutti (Tamil:
காட்டுப்பருத்தி)] <…>…
Sep 5, 2009 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
– [image: Kaadu Binde (Kannada: ಕಾಡು
ಬಿಮ್ಡೆ)] <…>…
Dec 18, 2009 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
– [image: Raan Bhendi (Konkani: रान
भेंडी)] <…>…
Sep 5, 2009 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
– … more views:

nice, yellow color is different from my pic… it was pink… thought it has started to fold up for the nite….

Photographed at my farm last weekend. My previous photographs are available at this link :…

Wonderfully persistent butterfly… yellow again… added slight green… mine was pink petals… may be variations?


Thespesia lampas MN131012:
Thespesia lampas
Common mallow, Jungli kapas,
Place : Saat pul, Dombivli
Date : 2.10.12




Common Mallow flowering:
Sending a few photographs. Some of my previous photographs are available at this link

close ups very nice and the wide shots look serene




Plz id this shrub: pa26 – 3nov2012:
Plz id this wild shrub from Yeoor region. Did not see any flowers but attaching the photos of the fruits.

This is the Common Mallow [Thespesia lampas / Azanza lampas]. Had recently posted photographs of this.





Common Mallow, Azanza lampas:
Photographed at my farm at Shahapur.

Requesting to please ID this Malvaceae member captured at SGNP, Mumbai in September 2013.
Is this Azanza lampas?

Yes. It is Azana lampas. Grows wildly during monsoon everywhere. Alongside the railway-tracks in Mumbai you can see Azana lampas bloomed abundantly. In marathi it is called “रानभेंड” as the flower resembles Ladies finger (भेंडी) flower.

For ID 08/10/2005 SMP3 Harihareshwar :  5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
This photo graph of a shrub flowering……A malvaceae member…Don’t know the name.(From old collection)

In fact this picture looks  more like a  Mysore Mallow (Decaschistia trilobata)  (earlier reported by … for a western ghat plant)! 

This looks like Thespesia lampas to me.

identification no 060415sn1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (3)
Kindly help in identification.
I was under the impression it is Abelmoschus manihot, but I think it is Thespesia lampas.
date/time:nov 14.
location:aambyvalley rd.,lonavala,pune
plant habit:herb?
height:about 3-4 ft.
other info:first 2 pics of same flower, 3rd may be of different flower

I think all three pictures are of Thespesia lampas.

took me while but see what … saw and meant

You are right it is Thespesia lampas


Malvaceae Fortnight ::Thespesia lampas ::Panvel:: PKAJUL32 :: : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (4)
Thespesia lampas from Panvel region.



Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalzell ?? : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)

Location: Sukute, Sindhupalchok, Nepal 
Date : 6 September, 2017
Elevation : 2200 ft.

To me also appear close to images at Thespesia lampas

Thank you …! Nepali Names : बन कपास Ban Kapaasकपासे  Kapaase 

Abelmoschus manihot—for sharing and validation16 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)
pic taken at Aamby valley rd., lonavala, pune in nov14

Not Abelmoschus manihot

Check for Thespesia lampasMalvaceae

Do you agree with the id?

I shall check again next time if possible to determine the correct Id.

Pics attached to this post are of Thespesia lampas.

Thespesia lampas—for validation : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
I think this is matches efi thread.
identified as Thespesia lampas. Pictures taken at Aambyvalley Rd., Lonavala, Pune in Nov.16.

at Borghat, Mumbai-Pune old highway15th Aug 2009; at Place Warora (Anandwan– Oct-08) and at Seminary hills (Sept-08); at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, Mumbai in Sept 2009; at Shahapur- Oct’10?; Near Kalu river, Murbad- 3.10.10;
Thespesia lampas :: Prabalmachi, near Panvel :: 30 NOV 19 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 3 images.
Prabalmachi  between Matheran and Panvel
Date: November 30, 2019 … Altitude: about 390 m (1,280 ft) asl
Thespesia lampas  (Cav.) Dalzell
Dear friends,
Observed that the flower is smaller (about 2″ across) than the usual 5″ to 6″ across. Moreover, here the flower face is visible unlike the regular ones which appear pendulous, facing downwards.


A tiny yellow flower growing between the grass.: 1 image.
Please identify this shrub from Kannur district of Kerala.
It bear fruits. 7/12/21.


Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalzell & Gibson: 6 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 662m.
Date: 27 August 2021
Habit : Wild


Thespesia lampas on trek to Matheran: 7 images- 4 high res.
On trek to Matheran (around 2500 ft.) from foothills, Maharashtra on 4.2.23.
Seen only at lower elevations at around 350 ft.


Malvaceae: Thespesia lampas (Cav.) Dalzell & A.Gibson: 1 high res. image.
synonyms: Azanza lampas (Cav.) Alef., Hibiscus lampas Cav.
location/date: Tarubanda village, Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Amravati Distr., Maharashtra, November 1994


Plant ID: 3 high res. images.
Need this plant ID.

Thespesia lampas (Cavanilles) Dalzell & A. Gibson ??

Yes! …, It’s Thespesia lampas






Annotated checklist of the flowering plants of Nepal  Flora of China
The Plant List  Thespesia lampas – Ban Kapas

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