Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 211 1825. (Syn: Astilbe indica (Blume) Backer; Astilbe speciosa Jungh.; Cunonia indica Blume; Spiraea barbata Wall.);
Himalaya to Central China and Indo-China, Borneo, Jawa as per POWO;
China (Gansu, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, India, Nepal, Thailand, Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir), Pakistan (Swat, Hazara), Assam, Java, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (Kachin), Bhutan, Sikkim, Philippines as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: River Astilbe • Hindi: Gosy, Pothee • Nepali: बुढो ओखती Budho Okhati • Nepali: ठुलो औषधि Thulo Aushadhee, बुढो औषधी Budho Aushadhee, बेदाङ्गो Bedaanggo, गाने गुर्जो Gaane Gurjo

Flora of Chakrata 2013:: Shrub for identification from Budher : Attachments (5). 6 posts by 4 authors.
This shrub was shot from Budher caves area… please provide id hints..

No clue about the id but I must say the pictures are really beautiful.

Please check for Astible rivularia (Saxifragaceae) and Aruncus dioicus (Rosaceae).

Thanks … for id hints.. I was trying to match my pics with any of Sorbaria sp. but could not get close to…
but I was confined only to Rosaceae.. I think Aruncus is a close choice..

Astilbe rivularis I hope
The two are often confused (I find several wrong images on the net), as leaves look similar, but Aruncus dioicus (syn: A. sylvester) has flowers with distinct petals, stamens numerous in number (15-30) and carpels 3. Astilbe rivularis has flowers without petals, stamens 5-9 in number and carpels only 2.

Thanks a lot for the expert opinion … I have added this to my database as Astilbe rivularis
Thanks for your valuable suggestions … which ultimately led to id, the two suggested taxa actually have close resemblance..


Plant for ID ABAUG2016/47 : 3 posts by 3 authors. 6 images.
This one was growing on a rock slide (made by earlier quarrying). Please help with the ID.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
2000m approx.
16 August 2016.

Astible rivularia (Saxifragaceae).


Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don (accepted name) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (9)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 10 January 2017
Nepali Names : ठुलो औषधि Thulo Aushadhee  / बुढो औषधी Budho Aushadhee / बेदाङ्गो Bedaanggo / गाने गुर्जो  Gaane Gurjo

I have seen this plant at 8000 feet altitude in North Sikkim along the river Lachen Chu (Teesta). Highly valued there for its medicinal properties.

Yes, very valuable medicinal plant !

Fern with dicot leaves for identification request : 13 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (2)
Wild fern with dicot like tripinnate leaves, from Darjeeling area.

Interesting, if it is a fern..

How can we say it is a fern?

The brownish scales at the base of frond, terminal bud curved like C (Circinate vernation) characteristic features of Fern.

Actually the pics are insufficient to say anything considerable..

I think, it is not a fern. Venation patter and joints are looking like that of angiosperms.

Please compare with the foliage of Astible rivularis (Saxifragaceae) and Aruncus dioicus (Rosaceae). It must be one of them.

This is indeed a Dicot and not at all a fern. It looks to me rather like an Astilbe or some related genus, but I don’t know Dicots. I have seen it around in the Himalaya, but don’t know what genus it is. Ah yes, you’ll find it in Polunin and Stainton’s Flowers of the Himalaya, page 466, perhaps Astilbe rivularis?

Thanks, …, for the initial Id.
To me also appear close to images at Astilbe rivularis


Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D. Don : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5) – around 700 kb each.
Location:  Shivapuri National Park,Nepal 
Date: 25 August 2018
Elevation: 5800 ft.
Habit : Wild
Not good quality due mobile click..

Thanks, …, for the wonderful images.
Efi page available at /species/m—z/s/saxifragaceae/astilbe/astilbe-rivularis


SK1523 21 Oct 2018 (mixed thread- two species):  14 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- Only flowering images.
Location:  Shivapuri National Park, Nepal 
Date: 25 August 2018
Elevation:7000 ft.
Habit : Wild
I am not sure if flowers are from the same plant.

I think looks from some other plant.

Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don ??

Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)- 7 mb.
Location: Chisapani, Kathmandu
Date: 01 October  2019
Elevation: 2176 m.
Habit : Wild

Attachments (1)- 2 mb.

Attachments (1)- 7 mb.

Attachments (1)- 6 mb.

new to my recollections. never seen astible flower spike to droop. first for me to see it droop so. may be because it was growing  on the side of the hill?

is it growing on the side of a hill? how did you find it?

Yes … Came across while hiking !

Unknown sp. – 3 from Shillong, Meghalaya : Attachments (4).  4 posts by 3 authors.

Attached images are unknown sp. collected from Shillong.  
Date :09.10.2013
Location: Shillong, Meghalaya
Habitat: Grows wild
Habit : Shrub

Could be Astilbe rivularis or Aruncus dioicus

Relevant efi pages on Astilbe rivularis &  Aruncus Sylvester

It is Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don only as suggested by …


Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don : 8 posts by 1 author. 8 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Matatirtha, Kathmandu
Date: 03 October 2020 
Elevation: 2049m.
Habit : Wild


Astilbe rivularis Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don Inbox: 1 very high res. image.

Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude:  2567 m.
Date: 15 August 2021 
Habit : Wild




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