Lepidagathis barberi Gamble, Fl. Madras 1067 1924. ;
India (Tamil Nadu) as per POWO;


Identification of Lepidagathis sp. : 8 posts by 4 authors. 3 high res. images.
Pl. help me to identify the Attached Lepidagathis sp.
Erect herb- Flowers solitary in axle. Leaves entire with spiny tip. Bracts spiny. Flower cream colour.
Observed at Palladam, Tiruppur Dist, Tamilnadu on 19-07-15
Specimen do not match with L. fasciculata due to absence of crenate leaves and short spike inflorescence.
It may not be L pungens  – due to absence of spiny leaf margin.
May not be L.incurva due to absence of terminal short spike of inflorescence.

This is an interesting plant; I never came across.

After detailed net perusal, the possible nearest match is Lepidagathis fasciculata (Retz.) Nees. 

It is not L. fasciculata as the leaves in the posted pictures are spine-tipped.

Thank you …

I think it is Lepidagathis barberi as per GBIF– specimen 1 and specimen 2

Looks different from Lepidagathis rigida as per GBIF– specimen 1 and specimen 2

Lepidagathis pungens Nees ??

No, it is different as per images at Lepidagathis pungens Nees

I thought you both are the same …,
L. barberi (= pungens).

Yes …, Lepidagathis barberi Gamble is the accepted name with L. pungens Nees as its synonym.

Probably L. spinosa

This has been identified as Lepidagathis barberi as per images and details herein.



References: Catalogue of Life  POWO (syn: Acanthus pungens Wall.; Lepidagathis pungens Nees) The Plant List Ver.1.1  IPNI  GBIF– specimen 1 and specimen 2 (High resolution specimens) Flora of peninsular India  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora

Taxonomy and lectotypification of Lepidagathis barberi (Acanthaceae), a steno-endemic species from Tamil Nadu, India – GUNADAYALAN GNANASEKARAN, ANISHKAR FEROSHWA JOY KING, WILSON ARISDASON (Abstract- The taxonomy and lectotypification of Lepidagathis barberi, a steno-endemic species of Tamil Nadu, are discussed in detail here along with colour photograph of habit and close-up of a flowering-twig and a digital image of lectotype specimen)

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