jim-no-STAY-kee-um — Greek: gymnos (naked), stachyum (flower spikes) … Dave’s Botanary
feb-ri-FEW-gum — Greek: febri (fever); driving away fever … Dave’s Botanary 


Gymnostachyum febrifugum:
sending photo for identification

Image is not clear but it is seems to be Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. var. febrifugum.

It was taken by me some 10 years ag when I started learning plant photography with ordinary Kodak. Probably you are right. it is used in treatment of fevers. It is Toxic in high doses.


Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth._ Pooyamkutty Kerala:
Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. of Acanthaceae family.
Taken on 18-01-2012 from Pooyamkutty reserve forests, Kerala.
Habitat: Riparian-marshy-evergreen
Habit: Herb
Aprox Height: 40-50cm
We call it as “Naakkuneettipoovu” (Tongue out flower) in Malayalam
I think this plant is endemic to the Western Ghats

Wow, fantastic catch … Seeing this for the first time. Nice photographs.


Found growing next to a river on the forest floor underneath tall trees.
Hebri, Karnataka
27th December 2014

Can’t comment about the ID but beautiful pictures of a plant from
Family : Acanthaceae

Yes, G. febrifugum var. febrifugum a good remedy for febrifuge

Thanks …. for validating the ID and adding the information related to the species name. febrifuge=It is used to reduce fever, (a medicine)

Hebri :: Gymnostachyum febrifugum :: DVJAN36 : 3 posts by 2 authors. 5 images.
Sita Nadi Nature Camp (part of Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary)Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka
Date: 27 DEC 2014 Altitude: about 80 m asl
Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. … (family: Acanthaceae)
Many thanks to … for the ID in … post ANDEC99 Gymnostachyum febrifugum 

Beautiful pictures. Febrifuge: Fever controlling

Acanthaceae fortnight ANMAR11/31 Gymnostachyum febrifugum : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (11)

I have posted this once before in this thread.
Posting more view of flowers and the plant itself in this thread.
Family: Acanthaceae
Date: December 2014
Place: Hebri, Karnataka

Habit: Herb

Nice find again..


Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth.
at Someshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on December 27, 2014

via Species‎ > ‎G‎ > Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. … family: Acanthaceae

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
jim-no-STAY-kee-um — Greek: gymnos (naked), stachyum (flower spikes) … Dave’s Botanary
feb-ri-FEW-gum — Greek: febri (fever); driving away fever … Dave’s Botanary 
commonly known asfever gymnostachyum • Kannadaಜ್ವರಹರ ಸೊಪ್ಪು jwarahara soppuನಾರುಂಬೇಳಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು narumbeli soppuನೆಲಮುಚ್ಚಳ nelamuchchala • Malayalamലമുച്ചാള nilamuchchala 
botanical namesGymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. … synonymsCryptophragmium febrifugum Kuntze • Gymnostachyum febrifugum var. bracteatum V.S.Ramach. … The Plants List (2013). Version 1.1. 
December 27, 2014 … Sita Nadi Nature Camp, Hebri 

agrada beru is a name mentioned for Gymnostachyum febrifugum in Shodhganga 10 Chapter 4 – Medicinal plants of Tulunadu
Etymology: agra = thrush (related to candida infection); ಬೇರು beru = tuber
Please validate whether ಅಗ್ರದ ಬೇರು is typed correctly.

You have typed perfectly correct .

Thank you very much …, for validating the name written in Kannada script.

jim-no-STAY-kee-um — Greek: gymnos (naked), stachyum (flower spikes) … Dave’s Botanary
feb-ri-FEW-gum — Greek: febri (fever); driving away fever … Dave’s Botanary

commonly known as: fever gymnostachyum • Kannada: ಅಗ್ರದ ಬೇರು agrada beru, ಚಿಟಿಕಿ ಗಡ್ಡೆ chitiki gadde, ಜ್ವರಹರ ಸೊಪ್ಪು jwarahara soppu, ನಾರುಂಬೇಳಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು narumbeli soppu, ನೆಲಮುಚ್ಚಳ nelamuchchala • Malayalam: നാവുനീട്ടി naavuneetti, നിലമുച്ചാള nilamuchchala • Tulu: ಚಿಟಿಕಿ chitki

botanical namesGymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. … heterotypic synonymsCryptophragmium febrifugum Kuntze • Gymnostachyum alatum Wight • Gymnostachyum febrifugum var. bracteatum … POWO

Bibliography / etymology

~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
fever gymnostachyum
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
ಅಗ್ರದ ಬೇರು agrada beru
ಚಿಟಿಕಿ ಗಡ್ಡೆ chitiki gadde
ಜ್ವರಹರ ಸೊಪ್ಪು jwarahara soppu
ನಾರುಂಬೇಳಿ ಸೊಪ್ಪು narumbeli soppu
ನೆಲಮುಚ್ಚಳ nelamuchchala
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
നാവുനീട്ടി naavuneetti, നിലമുച്ചാള nilamuchchala
~~~~~ TULU ~~~~~
ಚಿಟಿಕಿ chitki
~~~~~ x ~~~~~

Herb from Dharmasthala area of Karnataka SN 031016 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Ground level rosette herb with erect inflorescence and showy flowers related to Scrophulariaceae 

It seems to be Henckelia meeboldii (W.W.Sm. & Ramaswami) A.Weber & B.L.Burtt.(= Didymocarpus meeboldii W.W.Sm. & Ramaswami)

Does not match with … images at Henckelia meeboldii

Gynostachyum febrifugum (Acanthaceae)

Thank you …, I do not have time and patience to study details.

Please check Gymnostachyum febrifugum Benth. (Acanthaceae)

142 ID wild plant: 16 images.

Please ID wild plant,
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 20.08.2021, 03.30pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, nearby stream or river, filtered sunlight
Plant habit: spreading rosette on the ground, erect, slender weak stem, annual
Height: 15cm including flower shoot
Leaves: alternate, ovate, oblong, apex, winged old petiole, lite toothed margins, size:13×8cm or less
Flower: racemose, size:13×8mm, diameter:14mm, yellow and white, non fragrant
Fruit: lengthy beans, brown, size:11×2mm
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s


Yes, it is Acanthaceae: Gymnostachyum febrifugum, dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant,

Sharing seed image and information

Seed: brown, circular, upto 20 nos., micro granular
1 image.



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