Hedyotis neesiana Arn., Nova Acta Acad. Caes. Leop.-Carol. German. Nat. Cur. 18: 341 1836. (Syn: Hedyotis glabella R.Br. ex Bedd.; Hedyotis nitida Wight & Arn. [Illegitimate]; Oldenlandia glabella (R.Br. ex Bedd.) Kuntze; Oldenlandia nitida (Kurz) Gamble; Scleromitrion nitidum Kurz); 

India to W. Malesia as per WCSP;

Bangladesh; India; Malaya; Myanmar; Sri Lanka; Sumatera; Thailand as per Catalogue of Life;

Prostrate woody herbs; stems 4-angled, coarsely scabrid. Leaves to 7 x 1 cm, linear-lanceolate to elliptic, coriaceous, pale below; stipule 8 mm long, ovate, rounded at apex, strongly long-toothed, villous. Flowers sessile in axillary clusters, 1-3 together; calyx 4 mm long, lobes acute, ciliate; corolla 4-5 mm long, lobes spreading, white. Capsule 3 x 2 mm, ovoid, glabrous; seeds angled; deep brown, ovoid, glabrous; seeds angled, deep brown.

Flowering and fruiting: September-December
Moist deciduous forests, also in the plains
Peninsular India and Sri Lanka
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


Hedyotis from Valparai for identification 200712MK02:

I saw this herb in a rain forest area of western ghats; the habitat was wet rocky. The was trailing up to 30-50cm longer and with leaves of 6×1.5 cm. The flowers are not more than 1cm long. Please help me to identify this plant. I think this Rubiaceae could be a Hedyotis sp.
Date: 12 July 2012
Alt.: 950 m asl
Place: Vaalparai, TN

I am not sure.. but please check Hedyotis neesiana Arn. or Diodella teres (Rubiaceae)

The leaves are coriaceous (thick leathery)

Look like Hedyotis neesiana Arn.
Syn: Hedyotis nitida Wight & Arn.; Oldenlandia nitida (Wight & Arn.) Gamble

Yes H. neesiana



Flora of Eastern Ghats: Hill Ranges of South East India, Volume 3 By T. Pullaiah, K. Sri Ramamurthy (Description & Keys)  

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