Acanthus montanus (Nees) T.Anderson, J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 37 1864. (Syn: Acanthus barteri T.Anderson; Cheilopsis montana Nees);
Sierra Leone, Benin to S. Chad and Zambia: Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Gulf of Guinea Is., Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zaïre; Introduced into: Costa Rica, Mauritius as per POWO;

Images by TSP Kumar (Id by Jayanthi Janakiraman) (Inserted by J.M.Garg) 



TSP-MAY-2016-50-378:Images of Lepidagathis pungens (Acanthaceae) : 11 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

It is my pleasure to present few images of Lepidagathis pungens (Acanthaceae) 


2. The india biodiversity portal lists L.pungens as a synonym of L.barberi with an image that I am convinced that it is L.pungens


3. The Digital Flora of Karnataka lists L.barberi but does not give any detail…!


4.The Plantlist says L.pungens is an unresolved name…!!!


Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Wild, Semi-evergreen forest 

Sighting: Mallandur, Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 1300 msl 

Date: 29-01-2015

From the comparative images of species in efi at Lepidagathis, it does not match with any species including Lepidagathis pungens 

L. barberi Gamble is accepted species as per Lepidagathis & different from Lepidagathis pungens 

Considering  the leaves and other characters it looks L. pungens only.

Looks like some Acanthus sp. 

I think … is right. It seems to match with images at Acanthus spinosus L.

Can you check with local flora as Acanthus spinosus L. is not mentioned as either cultivated or wild in Karthikeyan et al. (2009) as per details at Acanthus 

Yes … Will check and get back to you. Thanks.

I think it is Acanthus montanus.


Requesting a herb ID 20Feb2022-3: 1 very high res. image.

Habit: Abrasive herb
The plant was found growing near the forest side paths. It has a characteristic inflorescence.
Neyyar WLS, Agasthyamalai biosphere reserve.

Acanthus ebracteatus

This is Acanthus montanus (Nees) T.Anderson as per images and details herein and as per POWO.