Keys (as per efi thread):
Leaves sparsely hairy above, membranous, spikes grey-brown, glistening …….C.capitata
Leaves tomentose above, thick, spikes pale yellow, not glistening………………..C.tomentosa
In western Himalaya only these species are found and common.
Leaves, fruits are used as medicine by local people.

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VoF Week: Cyathula capitata from way to Ghangriya: Cyathula capitata from way to Ghangriya. Pls validate


Thanks … for another interesting upload


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Cyathula capitata MOq. (Amaranthaceae) is a frequent shrub in mid hills of Uttarakhand. It is also common along Valley of Flower track above Govind Ghat.

Leaves, fruits are used as medicine by local people.


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Plant for ID ABAUG2016/13 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
I thought this plant to be Hyptis or Cyathula species but leaves don’t match the either. It reminded me of Achyranthes too. But I have no certain ideas in the end. Please help with the ID.
On Mcleodganj-Triund trek, HP
2500m approx.

31 July 2016


I would say Achyranthes bidentata with condensed (still to elongate) inflorescence.


Thank you … I am planning to go again this Saturday and will check plants in the vicinity for elongated spikes. I will also look closely at the heads to see what is developing there.


Also check with images at Cyathula capitata Moq. To me it seems to match quite well.
 

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VoF Week: 18092012 BS-1 Acanthaceae herb for id from way to Ghangriya:

Acanthaceae herb for id from way to Ghangriya

This large herb was shot near to Govondghat


How about Achyranthes aspera


Can be Cyathula…..Amaranthaceae..


Can this be Cyathula tomentosa ??


A valid point there. It doesn’t look like Achyranthus aspera.


Cyathula tomentosa.


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


 

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Cyathula tomentosa from Valley of Flowers Trek UK
2 different Populations

Pls validate


Extremely good photographs …


First 7 images, I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula , while last 5 are of Cyathula tomentosa (Roth) Moq.


 

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Cyathula tomentosa?? — enroute Sai Ropa at GHNP – PKA28 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).
Seen this large herb (almost 2 to 3 m tall) near Sai Ropa at GHNP at an altitude of approx. 1600m.
Bot. name: Cyathula tomentosa??
Family: Amaranthaceae

Yes it is Cyathula tomentosa (Roth) Moq.


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


 

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*Cyathula tomentosa ABAUG2016/59 : 2 posts by 2 authors. 9 images.
This one if from last month. I found this growing on a slope near town and took some photographs. There are root-like fibres at nodes. Please validate 
Cyathula tomentosaWoolly Pastureweed
Mcleodganj, HP
1750m 

17 July 2016


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


 

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SK149OCT18-2016:ID : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)

Sharing some pictures for ID shot at Pashupati Forest Kathmandu Nepal on 16 October 2016 at 4400 ft.


I think Cyathula tomentosa….

Thank you for the ID.
Cyathula tomentosa (Roth) Moq. (accepted name)

Nepali Names: आंख्ले कुरो AAnkhle Kuro/ औलो कुरो Aulo Kuro/ भेडे कुरो Bhede Kuro/ कपासे कुरो Kapaase Kuro/ तिने Tine 


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 
 

 


 

 

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uttarakhand uid 1 30092011: Attaching photos of Amaranthaceae member. Pls help in identification

Date/Time-4.9.2011
Location-Place, Altitude, – 5 km ahead Mandal, Uttarakhand 2000 m
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit-Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb- herb
Height/Length- about 70 cm tall
Leaves Type/Shape/ Size-as in photograph
Flowers Size/Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts-
Fruits Type/Shape/ Size Seeds-Not seen


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


 

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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 006: Cyathula sp. from VOF Trek: (7 images) This one was again shot from the same tour (VOF)… insufficient images again.. is this also Cyathula tomentosa… need id help…


Any chance of Cyathula capitata Moq.?


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


 

I agree with …


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Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 005: Cyathula tomentosa? from VOF Trek: This one was shot from Gobind Ghat Ghanghariya Trek during VOF Tour…. I wonder why I didn’t take the habit pics which would have been decisive… still to me this looks like Cyathula tomentosa (Roth) Moquin-Tandon… please correct me..


Difficult to confirm without complete inflorescence and leaves.


I now understand why I did not bother about this plant. Actually while going towards VOF, our expectations and aspirations were higher…stopping for such common plants was not acceptable..that’s why this insufficiency..


Another beautiful photography showing some floral characters.
I understand that the pictures lack the leaves habitat etc. Just compare the flowers of this sp. with those of Pupalia a closely related genus. Both these have fertile flowers subtended by modified sterile flowers. I think this can be seen.
The next differentiating character is
1. Pseudostaminodes present : Cyathula
1. Pseudostaminodes absent : Pupalia
I can see some short linear structures in between the stamens in above photographs which might be called as Pseudostaminodes.
Waiting for further inputs.


I think it should be Cyathula capitata Moq. as per keys and details at Cyathula 


Cyathula capitata in FOI : 4 posts by 3 authors.
Thanks, …, for pointing out.
Pl. correct.


I think that is just the particular view of the shot that appears misleading. I attach another picture of the same plant taken by me at the same time.

I also attach images of the two Cyathula species from Stainton’s Supplement to the Flowers of the Himalaya for comparison.
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Thanks, … Yes, you may be right.



Cyathula capitata Moq. : 7 posts by 1 author. 7 images- 6 to 7 mb each.

Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat  : Wild

SK 2849 14 November 2020 : 5 very high resolution images.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2400m.
Habitat  : Wild
How to distinguish between C. tomemtosa  and C. capitata ?

In view of recurrent confusion, I think we have to look at them more closely.
Keys furnished by Rawat ji at efi thread:

Leaves sparsely hairy above, membranous, spikes grey-brown, glistening …….C.capitata
Leaves tomentose above, thick, spikes pale yellow, not glistening………………..C.tomentosa
Keys are also given in Flora of China:
Subshrubs, 10-20 cm; leaves elliptic.   Ctomentosa
+ Herbs perennial; leaves rhombic-obovate, rhombic-oblong, broadly ovate, obovate-oblong, or elliptic. (2)
2 (1) Stem ascending or erect; leaves rhombic-obovate or rhombic-oblong; flower clusters in racemes. Cprostrata
+ Stem erect; leaves not rhombic-obovate or rhombic-oblong; flower clusters in spikes. (3)
3 (2) Leaves broadly ovate or obovate-oblong; flowers grayish black when dried; staminodes 0.6-1 mm. Ccapitata
 
Let us take a critical look at their descriptions from Flora of China:
Subshrubs 10-20 cm tall. Stem and branches densely gray tomentoseLeaves elliptic, 5-7 × 2-5 cm, both surfaces densely tomentose, base rounded. Flower clusters in dense spikes, 1-2 cm in diam. Bracts shiny, apex pointed or hooked. Tepals of perfect flowers lanceolate, apex acute. Pseudostaminodes ca. 0.5 mm, hairy at margin, apex fimbriate. Utricles yellow, ellipsoid or obovoid. Seeds ellipsoid, smooth. Fl. Jun.
Waste places; 1800-2300 m. Guizhou, Xizang [Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim].
Herbs perennial, 50-100 cm. Roots brownish gray or brownish red, stout. Stem erect, dark purple or yellowish brown, nearly quadrangular, branched, pilose. Petiole 0.5-1.5 cm, pilose; leaf blade broadly ovate or obovate-oblong, 5-14 × 3-7 cm, papery, both surfaces pilose and ciliate, base cuneate, apex caudate. Flower clusters in dichasial inflorescences, globose or ellipsoid, 2-4 cm in diam., simple or clustered in spikesrachis 2-4.5 mm, tomentose. Bracts 3-4 mm, glabrous, apex acuminate. Flower clusters at axils of bracts, with some perfect flowers and 1 or 2 unisexual ones. Tepals of perfect flowers dark purple, lanceolate, 3-4 mm, abaxially hairy at base, apex acuminate; imperfect ones yellow, lanceolate-subulate, ca. 3 mm, rigid, apex hooked. Filaments ca. 3 mm, pilose at base; pseudostaminodes rectangular, 0.6-1 mm, parted and fimbriate at apex. Ovary hairy at base. Utricles grayish yellow, ovate-oblong, ca. 3 mm, glabrous. Seeds shiny, ellipsoid, ca. 2 mm, smooth. Fl. Aug, fr. Oct.
Hillsides; 1700-2300 m. Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan [Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sikkim, Vietnam].
In view, your plant should be Cyathula capitata being a herb with simple globose inflorescence; with stem dark purple or yellowish brown, nearly quadrangular, branched and pilose; leaves being obovate and base cuneate with both surfaces pilose and ciliate.


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