Native to: Afghanistan, Andaman Is., Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hainan, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jawa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesser Sunda Is., Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Swaziland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe; Introduced into: Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela as per POWO;
Common name: Goose Weed, Chickenspike

ID : Aquatic species from Deepor Beel (Guwahati):
Please ID for this attached images.
Date :28/10/2012
Location: Deepor Beel (Guwahati)[Dist- Kamrup(Metro)]
Habitat: Grows on mud (Aquatic)
Habit :Herb
Leaf : Simple, alternate, lanceolate.
Inflorescene : Spike
Flower : Small, sessil, white

Fruits :not seen

Looks like Sphenoclea zeylanica.. common in rice fields here..

This is Sphenoclea zeylanica of Sphenocleaceae


Flora from cuttack 24072013 CS 2 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.

Is this Sphenoclea zeylanica
Fam: Sphenocleaceae
common name: Goose weed

Yes … ur ID is correct


Sphenoclea zeylanica Gaertn SN Mar 17 : Attachments (1). 2 posts by 2 authors.
Sphenoclea zeylanica Gaertn, Fam Sphenocleaceae is herb growing at moist places in the coastal area, collected from Calicut area of Kerala

Thanks … for your post..
perhaps this is not restricted to coastal areas only, undoubtedly a hydrophyte..
in our area, this appears in rice fields..


Hooghly : Sphenoclea zeylanica Gaertn. : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).

Thanks … for sharing nice pics… this weed will start emerging out in rice field margins in our area (Panipat) in few days from now..

Yes, Sir, I also found it in a rice-field, last year.

identification of a plant : 2 posts by 1 author. Attachments (2).
please help me to identify this plant which have been collected from a paddy field.

It is Sphenoclea zeylanica


ID12092015PHK 22 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

ID Please
A Herb near Phansad WLS,MH
Ht. 2-3 ft. Stem hollow
habitat:Growing in brackish water

Sphenoclea zeylanica (Campanulaceae).
Once considered as a threatened but now in least concerned category in IUCN Red list.

Fwd: Polygonaceae for id? Assam 15.1.18 : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 4 MB.
Cannot see the ocreate stipule. Doesn’t look like a Polygonaceae member to me.

Does not look like Polygonaceae. But not familiar with the spp.

Attachments (1) – 4 MB.

Sphenocloa zeylanica. Identified by …

sphenoclea zeylanica (earlier campanulaceae but later treated under sphenocleaceae)


Plant 001, Agra, U.P : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Need ID of plant from Agra, U.P
Growing near seasonal pond on rocky out crop of Agra.

Sphenoclea zeylanica, Sphaenocleaceae.


Swamy/2023/105 – Sphenoclea zeylanica: 8 images.
I am attaching herewith the photograph of the plant photo. Place Chennai outskirts. Clicked about 10 days back (27.1.23). My ID is Sphenoclea zeylanica. Please confirm or suggest new ID.

Yes, appears so as per images at



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