Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J. R. I. Wood comb. nov. (Syn: Aechmanthera tomentosa Nees in Wallich; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees; Ruellia gossypina Wall.; non Strobilanthes gossypina T. Anderson; Aechmanthera gossypina (Wall.) Nees; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees, nom. illeg. superfl. var. β gossypina (Wall.) Nees subvar. β ** fomentaria Nees; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees var. β gossypina (Wall.) Nees subvar. β * leuconeura Nees; Aechmanthera tomentosa var. wallichii C. B. Clarke; Aechmanthera leiosperma C. B. Clarke; Strobilanthes bodinieri H. Lév.; Strobilanthes blinii H. Lév.; Strobilanthes cavaleriei H. Lév.; Aechmanthera claudiae Bernardi) as per New and little-known species of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) from India and South East Asia by J. R. I. Wood & R. W. Scotland- KEW BULLETIN VOL. 64: 3–47 (2009);
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Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J. R. I. Wood, Kew Bull. 64: 16. 2009. (Syn: Aechmanthera claudiae BernardiAechmanthera gossypina (Wall.) Nees; Aechmanthera leiosperma C.B.Clarke; Aechmanthera tomentosa Nees; Aechmanthera tomentosa var. wallichii C.B.Clarke; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees [Illegitimate]; Aechmanthera wallichii var. gossypina (Wall.) Nees; Aechmanthera wallichii f. leuconeura Nees; Barleria blinii H.Lév. [Invalid]; Ruellia gossypina Wall.; Ruellia tomentosa Wall. (Unresolved); Strobilanthes blinii H.Lév.; Strobilanthes bodinieri H.Lév.; Strobilanthes cavaleriei H.Lév.) as per The Plant List Ver. 1.1 ;
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I have two distinct populations from Chakrata, which look very different to me but Dr. Wood, an authority on Strobilanthes considers them the same species, now known as Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J. R. I. Wood (syn: Aechmanthera gossypina (Wall.) Nees.
This is the First population from Mussoorie Chakrata Road has broader nearly ovate leaves with much more distinct nerves on the underside, longer corolla tube more gradually expanded and darker flower colour.

Let us hope we get to resolve it in this episode.


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Aechmanthera gossypina (Wall. ex Nees) Nees, Pl. As. Rar. 3: 87, 1832
Syn: Ruellia tomentosa Wall.; Ruellia gossypina Nees; Aechmanthera tomentosa Nees
Small shrubby plant to 130 cm tall, covered with white felt; leaves elliptic, toothed, white-tomentose beneath; flowers purplish to blue, 2-2.5 cm long, in elongated clusters forming lax leafy spike; calyx lobes linear, densely glandulary-hairy, corolla funnel-shaped, shallowly 5-lobed.
Photographed along roadsides on Mussoorie-Chakrata Road on September 16, 2011
Please validate the identification. Here are some links

Plant taxonomy


Thanks Sir for this upload Now Situation Clear but i think i missed this plant to shoot


Finally i got my plant also

here are mine from same place


Yes …, you have got it

but somehow I missed the Pteracanthus, thinking that I already had many.


Feedback as per another thread:

My earlier upload as Aechmanthera may be Strobilanthes, perhaps S. glutinosus because of petioled leaves, foliaceous looking persistent bracts although calyx is not glandular pubescent. Pl. suggest ID.


It looks like Aechmathera gosypina to me.


I believe this is Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood which is the correct name for Aechmanthea gossypina.


This plant was identifies as Aechmanthera gossypina now named as Strobilanthes tomentosa. In his personal communication he considered it as variation of this species.
The other plant which I thought actual Aechmanthera gossypina was also confirmed by Dr. Wood as S. tomentosa

To me both plants look very different. If this is correctly identified we need to have relook at other one.


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Do we have Aechmanthera gossypina in our database?? Uploading from Tiger Fall area of Chakrata-GSAUG02 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments(4).

I post in Indian Flora and identified as Aechmanthera gossypina led me to scrutinize my files and those in our database. I found that there are two populations identified in my Chakrata collections, one from Mussoorie Chakrata Road which I unfortunately I uploaded as Aechmanthera gossypina but is actually Strobilanthus, and second from Tiger Fall Area of Chakrata, which is real Aechmanthera gossypina, differentiated by by narrower lanceolate upper leaves, its light blue flowers, smaller in size, usually not longer than 2.5 cm, in one sides clusters in a panicle and linear capsule.
My earlier upload as Aechmanthera may be Strobilanthes, perhaps S. glutinosus because of petioled leaves, foliaceous looking persistent bracts although calyx is not glandular pubescent. Pl. suggest ID
The upload by … from Chakrata road as Aechmanthera gossypina, to me appears a Strobilanthes dalhousieanus. pl. validate.
The upload by … may also be some species of Strobilanthes-pl validate

And finally upload on Flowers of India by … may be similar to mine and may be similarly S. glutinosus, because it also has dark blue flowers unlike true Aechmanthera gossypina


This is Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I. Wood which is the correct name for Aechmanthera gossypina.


This plant also identified by Dr. Wood as Aechmanthera gossypina now known as Strobilanthes tomentosa,

To me looks totally different from other plant

After having seen some photographs of S. kunthiana, I have a strong feeling that our plant is very much similar to it in inflorescence and flowers. Can this Western Ghats endemic plant (or its close relative) can occur in Western Himalayas, our experts may thrown light on this.



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I have two distinct populations from Chakrata, which look very different to me but Dr. Wood, an authority on Strobilanthes considers them the same species, now known as Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J. R. I. Wood (syn: Aechmanthera gossypina (Wall.) Nees.

This is the second population from Tiger Fall area of Chakrata with much taller plants, much more branches inflorescence shorter corolla tube and lighter colour of flowers.

Hope we are able to resolve it in this episode.



 

Images by Gurcharan Singh (Identified by JRI Wood) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

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Acanthaceae Fortnight: 19042011GS1 for ID from Morni hills-GSMAR27/28 : 6 posts by 5 authors.

This plant was uploaded in last episode in 2011. Following were the suggestion. Hope it gets resolved this time.
………………………….. some Ruellia-like member of Acanthaceae.
…………………..Any Strobilanthes species?
………………………………..it looks like Strobilanthes

………………………………This looks like Thelepaepale ixiocephala to me.

……………………………….It look like Nilgrianthus sp. to me.

…………………………..I too think that this would be Nilgrianthus sp or Strobilanthes sp.

19042011GS1 for ID from Morni hills, growing on open hill slopes, photographed on April 9, 2011

Herb with opposite tomentose leaves, up to 12 cm long; flowers blue, about 1.5 cm long, in clusters.


ACCORDING TO ME, Ruellia tubrosa


Can Aechmanthera sp. be also considered ?


May be Aechmanthera gossypina (Nees) Nees which is now Strobilanthes tomentosa.


Yes, this looks like Strobilanthes tomentosa.


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19042011GS1 for ID from Morni hills: growing on open hill slopes, photographed on April 9, 2011

Herb with opposite tomentose leaves, up to 12 cm long; flowers blue, about 1.5 cm long, in clusters.


… some Ruellia-like member of Acanthaceae.


Any Strobilanthes species?


Thanks …, it looks like Strobilanthes

My search in Floras and net did not yield any species reported from North, but wild search from Net and finally FBI landed me to S. gossypinus T. Anders. reported from mountains of S. Deccan and Mysore. Perhaps you can comment on this.


This looks like Thelepaepale ixiocephala to me.


Thelepaepale ixiocephala (Strobilanthes ixiocephalus) according to FBI has nearly glabrous leaves (not woolly beneath) and flowers in heads. Not in this plant.


I have seen and I have opined. You in your infinite wisdom have decreed otherwise. I, therefore, have to defer to your expertise.

Be that as it may …Dr. Almeida writes ‘” Leaves ….densely lineolate on both sides,the upper side and the nerves beneath rough with short stiff hair….. . Flowers in pedunculate, ovoid, viscid spikes ….solitary and axillary, or in branched [often ternate] cymes which are axillary or terminally clustered….

Mr.Ingalhalikar in his ‘Flowers of the Sayadris’ writes ” Leaves opposite…..densely hairy….


My information was based only on what I read from FBI. I would be happy if you are correct. I could not find some good photographs on the net. Kindly upload if you have some good photographs to help.


It look like Nilgrianthus sp. to me.


Perhaps the same question. Can we expect this genus in NW India?


I too think that this would be Nilgrianthus sp or Strobilanthes sp.


Strobilanthes tomentosa as per another thread.



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This tall herb was recorded from dry slopes of lower hills of Morni Hills, Haryana, same plant uploaded by … got id suggestion as Aechmanthera gossypina from …, please give your opinion..


… has suggested this as Strobilanthes tomentosa in the post of …


This tall herb was recorded from vicinity of lake Renuka Ji, Himachal Pradesh..

Hopefully, this can be Strobilanthes tomentosa.. please give your suggestion..


This tomentose herb was shot from tiger fall area in Chakrata,

please suggest if this can be Aechmanthera gossypina..



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Sharing some pictures for ID shot at Hattiban Kathmandu Nepal on 5 October 2014 at 5200 ft .
Strobilanthes ???

This is Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood – the photos show only of a part of the inflorescence so it doesn’t really look typical but the corolla looks good for this species.


Thank you for the ID.
Is it Aechmanthera gossypina (Nees) Nees (synonym) as listed in Nepal?

http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=110&taxon_id=131740


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Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J. R. I. Wood (Syn: Aechmanthera tomentosa Nees in Wallich; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees; Ruellia gossypina Wall.; non Strobilanthes gossypina T. Anderson; Aechmanthera gossypina (Wall.) Nees; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees, nom. illeg. superfl. var. β gossypina (Wall.) Nees subvar. β ** fomentaria Nees; Aechmanthera wallichii Nees var. β gossypina (Wall.) Nees subvar. β * leuconeura Nees; Aechmanthera tomentosa var. wallichii C. B. Clarke; Aechmanthera leiosperma C. B. Clarke; Strobilanthes bodinieri H. Lév.; Strobilanthes blinii H. Lév.; Strobilanthes cavaleriei H. Lév.; Aechmanthera claudiae Bernardi) as per New and little-known species of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) from India and South East Asia by J. R. I. Wood & R. W. Scotland- KEW BULLETIN VOL. 64: 3–47 (2009);


Thank you …, Nepali Names: कंग्रैतो  फूल Kangraito Phool /  नुने Nune  / सुन्दल Sundal


A bit of confusion. Aechmanthera gossypina looks different in FoI. Could it be checked?

Been to the spot today after 2 years and shot some pictures dedicated to Dr. Wood!


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I still think this is just Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood. I have collected forms like this myself in Bhutan.



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Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11)- around 600 kb each.
Location:  Dahachowk, Switzerland Park, Kathmandu,,Nepal 
Date: 29 September 2018
Elevation: 5400 ft.

Habit : Wild


Agreed very nice pictures



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Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- 1, 2 & 3 mb.
Location: Ranikot, Gundu, Bhakltapur 
Date: 15 September 2019
Elevation: 2012 m.
Habit : Wild

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Looks good to me.



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Strobilanthus for ID from Chakrata-GSAUG04 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

This Strobilanthes was tentatively identified in my folders as S. glutinosa. This is quite distinct from other Strobilanthes uploaded by me in smaller densely hairy leaves, but does seem to lack glandular calyx. Please help in ID
Photographed from Chakrata Mussoorie road in September

Strobilanthes tomentosa as per another thread by Dr. Wood.


Thanks Garg ji.

The two are obviously close enough, as per this statement in eFlora of China.

Strobilanthes tomentosa was incorrectly reported as S. glutinosa Nees (Pseudaechmanthera glutinosa (Nees) Bremekamp) by Handel-Mazzetti (Symb. Sin. 7: 894. 1936).


OK, …



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Arunachal flora-2 : 7 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7).

Aechmanthera gossypina seen by the roadside on the way to Walong in lohit district


Feedback from another thread: The upload by … may also be some species of Strobilanthes– pl validate 


I am not sure about this. It is almost certainly Strobilanthes but I can’t see the shape of the inflorescence. It might be Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I. Wood or S. kingdonii J.R.I.Wood or possibly something else. The shape of the inflorescence – photo from side showing the whole upper part of the plant plus a mature leaf is important for identification. 


Strobilanthes tomentosa (Nees) J.R.I.Wood



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References:

New and little-known species of Strobilanthes (Acanthaceae) from India and South East Asia by J. R. I. Wood & R. W. Scotland- KEW BULLETIN VOL. 64: 3–47 (2009)

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