Neurocalyx calycinus (R.Br. ex Benn.) Rob., Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 45: 402 1910. (Syn: Argostemma calycinum R.Br. ex Benn.; Neurocalyx capitata Benth. ex Hook.f.; Neurocalyx hookerianus Wight; Neurocalyx wightii Arn.);
S. India, SW. Sri Lanka as per POWO;

Large herbs, pubescent. Leaves to 26 x 7 cm, oblanceolate, acute at apex, rusty puberulus; nerves to 18 pairs, prominent below; stipule 2 cm long, obovate, 2-fid at apex. Racemes 10-13 cm long, axillary, rarely branched; bracts lanceolate. Flowers white, pedicelled; calyx tube hemispherical, lobes 5, 8 x 5 mm, ovate; corolla tube absent, lobes 5 x 3 mm, ovate, twisted; stamens 5, anthers connate into a conical tube; ovary 2-celled, ovules many, style slender. Capsule irregularly bursting, 4 x 4 mm; seeds many, pitted.

Flowering and fruiting: May-August
Evergreen forests
South West India
(Attributions-Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


ANAPR01 Please identify this shrub : 9 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (13)

Can this be an Ardisia sp.?
Date: March 2015
Place: Aralam WLS, Kerala
Habit: Shrub
Habitat: Evergreen forest

I am not sure of ID; the pictures are wonderful.

Interesting plant and very nice pictures!
It does look like a Myrsinaceae member.

Thank you sir. I unfortunately cannot match it to anything in Gamble. May be someone from Kerala can help out with this one.

May be Neurocalyx calycinus (R. Br. ex Bennett) Robins. of Rubiaceae

The specimen is Neurocalyx calycinus (R. Br. ex Bennett) Robins. – Rubiaceae usually found in forest floors of evergreen forests. As our observations go, it is found in undisturbed areas inside evergreen forests, close to or on the rock crevices near streams and streamlets.

Thank you very much …
Thank you very much too … The habitat you described perfectly matches the place I found it in– Meenmutti falls in Aralam WLS. They were growing on rocks and also on the soil.


180 ID wild plant: 15 images.

Please ID wild plant, very rare, only 12 plants. 3 months after first visit, I didn’t find any fruit/seed but found some non decayed shedded flowers, feels hardest base and I assume that it as fruit/seed (image #…..). Plant continuous its blooming. It is growing without sunlight, the camera automatically adjusted brightness.
Location: near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, (Kochi) Kerala PIN:686671
Altitude: 1400fsl
Flower date: 23.08.2021, 02.00pm
Habitat: wild, moisture, stream side, muddy wall, filtered or no sunlight
Plant habit: small shrub, erect, branches, weak  fleshy stem 05mm base diameter, wings on knees, hairy, annual/perennial
Height: 08 inches
Leaves: opposite, oblong, apex, size:25×06cm or less
Flower: racemose inflorescence pendulous, diameter:21mm, white, 04 months blooming, flowers lasts for several days and shedded as opened stage, soft petals, non fragrant
Fruit: cone shaped, white into brown, size:3.5×3mm
Camera: mobile Samsung Galaxy A21s

Neurocalyx wightii now Neurocalyx calycinus

Yes, it is dear …, thank you very much for ID my plant. I received only fruit image and mistakenly understand it as flower image,

I am sharing seed image and information,
Seed: brown, numerous, micro granular


Neurocalyx calycinus (180 ID wild plant): 3 high res. images.
Sharing more images
Flower date: 18.06.2022, 02.45pm
From same location


Requesting a herb id_150523_3: 1 high res. image.
Attaching the following plant for identification. It has the following characteristics.

1. The leaves are simple, obovate (?)
2. The inflorescence ar axillary racemes.
3. The flowers are pink and flimsy, the anthers come together to form staminal column, within which the stigma appears to be exerted. 
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