WILD FLOWER ID——20th December 2011—S.S.—–043— NEAR PELLING:

Please can someone id this cute wild flower with an interesting shape leaf.
Taken on 13th April 20111 at 16.42 pm. South of Pelling. Sikkim.
( A change from the trees and shrubs I have been posting!)
Habitat- ….. Wild growing beside the road
Plant Habit-… Herb– ..
Height/Length-….Leaves… see pics.
Flowers Size/ Colour…. small white see pics.

It looks like Ainsliaea latfolia

I think yes
Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sch. Bip. (syn: A. pteropoda DC.)

Ainsliaea aptera? ABAPR01/14 : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).

Ainsliaea aptera–Please confirm.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
12 April 2015

To me, yes this is…

A real beauty from Asteraceae.
You have luckily covered the leaf pictures too.

Thank you … I got a better photo on my phone today of the same specimen and I am sharing here. Attachments (1)

Looks different from Ainslaea aptera, can be A.pteropoda ? Attachments (1)

Thank you … After your email I consulted Flowers of the Himalaya and found that the difference between the two species lies in their leaves. For A. pteropoda (A. latifolia) the leaf stalks are winged. Just today I noticed the winged leaf stalks in the morning and despite low light and rain made this picture which I am attaching here with different crops showing details for confirmation. Please advise.
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I collected more photos yesterday showing the leaves on the stalk and wings more clearly. I have learned that in A. aptera the leaves are only at the base and absent on the stalk. My sample has narrow leaves present up on the stalk below the flowers. Could we conclusively say that the specimen I photographed is A. latifolia?
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I think yes

Thank you … for confirming it as Ainsliaea latifolia.

Ainsliaea are out again and I found my first plants of the season yesterday. I carried my camera with me today and took some photographs. I was very interested in exploring the individual florets (three in this case) of this compound flower and plucked a flower for a closer look. Here are the results with whole flowers, florets, pappus and the plant habit.
Ainsliaea latifolia (Ainsliaea is after Sir Whitelaw Ainslie, a 19th century doctor and author employed in India, latifolia means broad-leaved in Latin)
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
07 April 2016. 10 images.

Superlative results for the viewers.


Fwd: ID please BR1- 080416 : 2 posts by 1 author. 1 image.
I am sending herewith the pictures of some plants, collected from Shillong, Meghalaya. It will greatful if these specimens get identified.

I think it’s Ainsliaea species most likely Ainsliaea latifolia. Pl. check for winged leaf stalks.

Another Kalatope id al050311a: 9 posts by 7 authors. Attachments (5)
Another plant I found today in the Kalatope sanctuary, Chamba
Habitat – wild
habit – herb
Altitude – 2100 mts
Height – 2 feet
Season – March

Looks like Ainsliaea aptera

Ainsliaea aptera from Asteraceae

I think it’s Ainsliaea latifolia due to winged leaf stalks.

I agree with … These are in flower now in Dharamshala too.

nice to see you again … nice plant details

Thanks … haven’t been posting because I am no longer in India… and this is an old observation… and I am continuously grateful to … and others who keep taking interest in the older observations and updating the ids…

oh yes, … i remember now you had told me. how about the local flora from where you are? in france from one of your links under your signature. it would be lovely if you get time. be well

Ainslaea latifolia, though the details of leaf and flowers are not adequate. Ainslaea is a cleistogamous plant in which the flowers fertilize without opening. During March, the flowers appear first and leaves follow thereafter. 2nd flush of flowers appears during Sept.- October.


SK471 02 APR-2017:ID : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (11)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Date : 31 March 2017
Altitude : 6500 ft.

I know it but unable to recall it’s name. Posted some tome back by …

I think, Ainslea aptera

Thank you …!
Ainsliaea aptera DC. (accepted name)
Nepali  Name: तितो बुटी Tito Butee

My photograph of this species clicked in February 2017.

I think it should be Ainsliaea latifolia (D.Don) Sch.Bip. as leaf stalks seems to be winged though a little narrow.
Pl. see comparative images at Ainsliaea 

Thank you …! Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sch. Bip.
Nepali Name : सहदेवा-सहदेवी Sahadewaa-sahadevee

Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sch. Bip. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Location: Shivapuri National Park, Nepal
Altitude: 7000 ft.
Date: 27 March 2018
Habit : Wild 



Ainsliaea latifolia ABAPR2019/01 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5)
Our ainsliaeas came into flower a few days ago simultaneously displaying achenes and fresh flowers. I am sharing here a few photographs.
Ainsliaea latifolia
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m approx.
09-16 April, 2019



Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sc
h. Bip. : 10 posts by 1 author. 10 images- 5 to 7 mb each.

Location: Phulchoki
Date: 24 January 2020
Elevation: 1920m.
Habitat: Wild


Another from Phulchowki : 2 posts by 2 authors. 1 image.
I only have a photo of the leaves. There were no flowers. The leaves were unusual so I thought you might know what this is.

Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sch. Bip. !


Ainsliaea latifolia (D. Don) Sch. Bip. : 7 very high resolution images.

Location: Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 26 February 2021
Altitude: 2100m.
Habit : Wild


Ainsliaea aptera DC.: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Nepal
Date: 06 April 2024
Elevation: 1889m.
Habitat: Wild

I think it should be
https://efloraofindia.com/2012/08/02/ainsliaea-latifolia/ (as I see the lower leaves are having winged petioles).