Tricholepis glaberrima DC., Prodr. (DC.) 6: 564 564 1838.;
try-ko-LEP-is — hair-like, fine as hairDave’s Botanary
gla-ber-REE-muh — most glabrousDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: smooth tricholepisBengali: ছাগলদণ্ডি chhagaladandi, বামনদণ্ডি vamanadandiGujarati: બ્રહ્મદંડી brahmadandi, ફુસિયારૂં phusiyarun, તલકાંટો talakantoHindi: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandiKannada: ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡೆ brahmadandeKonkani: ब्राह्मण दंडी brahman dandiMarathi: ब्रह्मदंडी brahmadandi, दहाण dahanRajasthani: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmdandiSanskrit: अजदण्डी ajadandi, ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi, कंटपत्रफला kantapatraphala
Native to: India

Tricholepis glaberrima:
Tricholepis glaberrima,
on the coast in sindhudurg district, maharashtra

Names of Plants in India :: Tricholepis glaberrima DC.:
via Species‎ > ‎T‎ > ‎Tricholepis glaberrima DC. … family: Asteraceae
Flowers of IndiaDiscussions at efloraofindiamore views in flickrmore views on Google Earth
try-ko-LEP-is — hair-like, fine as hairDave’s Botanary
gla-ber-REE-muh — most glabrousDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: smooth tricholepisBengali: ছাগলদণ্ডি chhagaladandiGujarati: ¿ બ્રહ્મડાંડી ? brahmadandiHindi: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandiKannada: ನಾಟಿ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡೆ nati brahmadandeKonkani: ब्राह्मण दंडी brahman dandiMarathi: दहाण dahanSanskrit: अजदण्डी ajadandi, ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi
botanical names: Tricholepis glaberrima DC. … synonyms: no synonym known
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Photographed along NH 8 near Sasunavghar (Naigaon East), Maharashtra
More views: ………….. (6 images)

The Gujarati names of this plant are ફુસિયારૂં [Fusiyarun] and બ્રહ્મદંડી [Brahmadandi].

Thank you very very much …
Noted the correction in બ્રહ્મદંડી.
Will put them in my notes soon.


Tricholepis glaberrima DC.
try-ko-LEP-is — hair-like, fine as hairDave’s Botanary
gla-ber-REE-muh — most glabrousDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: smooth tricholepis • Bengali: ছাগলদণ্ডি chhagaladandi • Gujarati: બ્રહ્મદંડી brahmadandi, ફુસિયારૂં phusiyarun • Hindi: ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi • Kannada: ನಾಟಿ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮದಂಡೆ nati brahmadande • Konkani: ब्राह्मण दंडी brahman dandi • Marathi: दहाण dahan • Sanskrit: अजदण्डी ajadandi, ब्रह्मदण्डी brahmadandi
Native to: India
References: Flowers of IndiaSahyadri DatabaseFurther Flowers of Sahyadri by S Ingalhalikar
along NH8 near Sasunavaghar on 08 NOV 08

ANFEB11 Please identify this herb : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (10)

Family: Asteraceae
Date: 1st February 2015
Place: Agumbe, Karnataka
Habit: Herb

Reminds of Tricholepis … not sure.

Thank you sir. Tricholepis amplexicaulis? Please see

efi page on Tricholepis amplexicaulis 

This must be Tricholepis glaberrima which stands about a metre tall, with flower-head of the size as seen in your 3rd pic.
T. amplexicaulis is a larger herb, about 1.5 – 2 m tall, with basal leaves of amplexicaul nature; larger flower-head with robust stalk.

Thank you very much …

Description: Flora of Karntaka


Smooth tricholepisA Nervine Agent: In herbal medicine, the nervine agent found in the plant is really useful in treating nervous disorders.
The Smooth tricholepis, an erect herb, grows up to 2 ft tall.
The leaves are stalk-less and sparse. Flowers attract a wide range of butterflies.
Date/Time-: 21/10/2011   –    11:30,
Location- Place, Altitude – Kaiga , Uttar Kannada ,Karnataka, 380 mtrs
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type-   Wild
Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- Herb – Shrub

Tricholepis sps. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
I presume this is tricholepis amplexicaulis and not Tricholeis radicans?

Photographed recently in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai. This plant attracts butterflies and other insects. A Crab Spider had successfully caught a Grey Pansy butterfly that came to feed. On the ground below i noticed a wing of a Great Eggfly that too must have fallen prey to the lurking Crab spider.

Lovely pictures. It appears so to me

It appears to be Tricholepis glaberrima DC.


Tricholepis amplexicaulis : 3 posts by 2 authors.
…, During my tracking of higher area in Panchamari plateau of Satpura Tiger Reserve, I found this herb, which also looks like your Tricholepis amplexicaulis. Please confirm the ID

Thanks in advance

At first glance looks like it.

It appears to be Tricholepis glaberrima DC.


Tricholepis amplexicaulus. : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
This herb with different and interesting morphology seen in its full lilac colour at the south end of the national park in Mumbai on 8 Nov. ’09.
Leaves are alternate, sessile, linear oblong. Leafy bracts, Outer bracts linear lanceolate with very long recurved bristles, inner bracts longer than outer bracts with shorter bristles.
Ref:Flowers of Sahyadri, Vol 1 pg: 186. by S. Ingalhalikar.

It appears to be Tricholepis glaberrima DC.


Plant for ID SMP2- 30/12/2010:
Asteraceae member shrub.
5-6 feet tall. Leaves lanceolate sessile hairy.
Observed near Ambolgad on a plateau Rajapur Konkan.

This is the Western Hill Thistle [Tricholepis amplexicaulis].

I feel this is Tricholepis glaberimma.

Fair enough, but Tricholepis glaberrima is a smalll annual herb 50 – 100 cms tall, whereas the plant in question here is a shrub.

I would personally go with t. glaberrima because Leaves are not amplexicaul at base
involucre bracts are shorter and erect and not recurved
Heads look smaller in size

I also feel it may be Tricholepis glaberrima only.


Asteraceae Fortnight Part 2-Discoid heads:: Tricholepis amplexicaulis SMP 10 : Attachments (4). 3 posts by 3 authors.
Tricholepis amplexicaulis

I think it appears to be Tricholepis glaberrima as per discussion in another thread.

Images by P. Santhan (Inserted by J.M.Garg) (For more images & complete details, click on the links)



Dicoma tomentosa Cass. SN April 32 : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Dicoma tomentosa Cass, Fam: Asteraceae;
Spiny herb near Ananthapur, Andhrapradesh

efloraofindia google group is very useful to me. But photos of Dicoma tomentosa are wrong. May the photos are tricholepis which are mention for Dichoma. If anything wrong in my mail please ignore

It is Dicoma tomentosa only, you can not come to a conclusion by one image only, compare it with images of Flowers of India, EOL etc images and characters of the plant.

Thank you …, Both are related genera, In Dicoma leaf is entire, where as in Tricholepis leaves are pinnatisect. This image represents Tricholepis glaberrima DC. The season we visited is dry summer and I thought to be dried plant of Dicoma.

Please check my images sir. which collected by me. first three attachments Tricholepis and 4th and 5th one is dicoma sps.


at CEC, Goregaon E, Mumbai on 8th Nov 09; 21st September / 03:30 PM- Satara, 2400 ft; Tricholepis amplexicaulis_8 NOV 09_SSN – indiantreepix | Google Groups

Tricholepis glaberrima :: Yeoor Hills, part of SGNP :: 29 DEC 19 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 7 images.
Yeoor Hills  … part of Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Date: December 29, 2019 … Altitude range: about 100 ft (30 m) to 1575 ft (480 m) asl
Tricholepis glaberrima  DC.

Malhargad near Pune, MH :: Asteraceae for ID :: ARK2020-099 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Seen this plant at Malhargad near Pune in September 2020 on a small hillock.
Is it some Tricholepis?
Requested to please ID.

Looks like Tricholepis amplexicaulis C.B.Clarke !

Thank you …
Even I thought so.
But these flowers were very small compared to T. amplexicaulis that I have seen.
Can this be T. glaberrima?

Yes, … I also feel more close to Tricholepis glaberrima DC. as per comparative images at Tricholepis



Trichlepis sp from Jodhpur : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Pl. check with images of Tricholepis glaberrima DC. as per comparative images at Tricholepis

Out of 2 sp, Tricholepis glaberrima DC. and Tricholepis radicans (Roxb.) Wight having distribution in Rajasthan,  Tricholepis glaberrima DC.  looks more close.


Peth Kothaligad, September 2021 :: Plant for ID :: ARK2022-008: 5 images.
This was clicked at Peth Kothaligad hill fort near Karjat, MH in September 2021.
I strongly suspect, the leaves of this plant to be very similar to the ones I posted  at Pali near Khopoli, MH :: Vegetable for ID :: ARK2019-60, although this has been clicked at a completely different location. The leaves are so similar.
No fruiting or flowering seen on this plant.
Requested to please ID.
And also suggest whether the plants in both these posts could be the same.

the leaves of this plant do indeed resemble those posted by you as a vegetable from Pali. It has been puzzling me for some time.
In your first two images here the upper leaves are visible and they differ from the lower leaves. It is the upper leaves which are more familiar to me.
I think this plant is an Asteraceae which flowers late or after the rains. It may be Tricholepis glaberrima. The branching pattern seen partly in your first two photos would also match with Tricholepis.

This plant is sometimes known as Brahmadandi and it seems to have several ethnomedicinal applications and possibly nutritional uses as well. If you saw the larger leaves for sale only in the month of August this would tally with the emergence of the tender new leaves before the plant shoots up and becomes more rigid.

Thanks … for this exhaustive analysis.
That post also troubles me and hence when I saw this plant, I thought may be it will help us to id those leaves as well.
Dinesh ji’s site gives a local name to Tricholepis glaberrima –  दहाण dahan 
Could this match with the name that the vegetable seller gave me – Dhanni/Dhamni or the like? I wonder.
The vegetable pics were clicked on August 24th 2019 and this plant was clicked on 26th September 2021.
I will always be on the lookout for this at other places, but that will have to wait now till next year’s rains.

I found an illustration of the plant:
And this article on the medicinal properties with a photo of the young leaves
It seems that the local name given by … is close enough!
Well done for finding the plant in the field as well.

Pali near Khopoli, MH :: Vegetable for ID :: ARK2019-60 : 12 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
This vegetable was on sale at the local vendor. This was at Pali near Khopoli, MH in Aug 2019.
He called it ‘Dhamni’ or ‘Dhanni’ in Marathi. It is available only during this time.
Requested to please ID.

Probably leaf of Corchorus species.

reminds me of jute // pat saag

Jute is manufactured from fibres of Corchorus olitorius/ capsularis

I know that but in markets its called jute saag, including in queens any where the Bangladeshis come to sell and buy these.

Thanks for the feedback …
However, I do not think this is Corchorus aestuans or olitorius, particularly based on the venation of the leaves. I clicked a Corchorus just close by and the venation is different. See attached.

To me appears some Urticaceae member ?

Noted with thanks. But no clue …

My guess was Corchorus,
I feel it could be Corchorus urticifolia, or a Laportea sp……. it strongly resembles Laportea inrterrupta I have seen.

Leaf venation of Corchorus urticifolius looks different from High resolution specimen from India from GBIF.

Leaf venation also does not matches with Laportea interrupta

Perilla frutescens ??

I do not think matches with Perilla

It does look like Perilla.
I can’t think of any wild local plant it might be. I had shown the images to local people who all shook their heads. They did not recognise the plant.

They are tender leaves of Clerodendrum serratum = Rotheca serrata
commonly known as Bharangi and often sold in local markets early monsoon. Tender leaves are consumed in Konkan while flowers are consumed up in Sahyadris.

I guess not !

Maybe Tricholepis glaberrima as per discussions at Peth Kothaligad, September 2021 :: Plant for ID :: ARK2022-008

Is it used as vegetable as mentioned by …?


For id on trek to Mathran 080223 JM: 2 high res. images.
On trek to Matheran (around 2500 ft.) from foothills, Maharashtra on 4.2.23.
Appears common on the way.

I think it appears close to images at

Certainly the habitat is right




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