Commicarpus helenae (J. A. Schult.) Meikle, Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 37: 1, t. 3694 1971 (syn: Boerhavia helenae J. A. Schult. (ambiguous synonym); Boerhavia helenae Roem. & Schult. (ambiguous synonym); Boerhavia libyca Pomel;   Boerhavia repanda Kotschy ex Choisy; Boerhavia scandens Gibs.; Boerhavia stellata Wight; Boerhavia verticillata Poir.; Commicarpus stellatus (Wight) Berhaut; Commicarpus verticillata (Poir.) Standl.);

Cape Verde Isl. (Santo Antao Isl., Sao Vicente Isl., Ilha da Boa Vista, Ilha de
Maio, Ilha de Sao Tiago, Fogo Isl., Ilha Brava), Western Sahara, Libya, Algeria,
Morocco, Canary Isl. (Fuerteventura), Socotra, Abd-al-Kuri Isl., Botswana,
Madagascar, Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Benin, Niger, Chad, Central African
Republic, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, E-D.R.Congo (Zaire),
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, Namibia, Egypt (SE-Egypt), Iran (S-Iran,
W-Iran), Israel (Rift Valley, Judean Desert, S-Negev Desert), Jordania
(S-Jordania), Oman (Dhofar, Mascat & Oman), Saudi Arabia (Hejaz, Asir),
Sinai peninsula (S-Sinai), Yemen (N-Inner Yemen, SW-Yemen, Tihama, W-Yemen),
United Arab Emirates,
Pakistan (Karachi, Baluchistan, Pakistani Punjab, Jhelum),
Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur) 
as per Catalogue of Life;   




Identification of Boerhavia sp. : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Pl help me in identifying the enclosed specimen of Boerhavia sp, observed at Palladam, Tirupur Dist, Tamilnadu on 19-07-15
Semi erect herb. Leaves dark green.

Boerhavia species so far in efi  

This may be B. verticillata Poir. of Flora of British India.
FoP thinks it is non-Poir.
Relevant illustration in Icones is attached here which TPL thinks is different taxon –
Attachments (1)

Would appreciate if you please upload higher resolution.

Thank you very much for your great efforts. I  agree that the specimen
posted by me  matches with the sketch provided by you.
I shall post the higher resolution in due course

As requested by you I attach the original posts with higher resolutions. Attachments (2)

Thank you Sir so much for sharing.

Please see the KEW herb. (from India) of boissieri – (please note pedicel length).
Perhaps helenae is present in our country – KEW herbarium is there but none from India.
This species seems to me C. helenae Roem. & Schult.
Hope BSI soon gift us the family key & description.


Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1
 IPNI  Flora of Pakistan (Commicarpus helenae (Roem. & Schultes) Meikle in W. J. Hook.) 
FOP illustration  India Biodiversity Portal  IBIS Flora 

A taxonomic revision of Commicarpus (Nyctaginaceae) in southern Africa (South African Journal of Botany- 01/2013; 84:44–64.) (Commicarpus helenae (Roem. & Schultes) 
Flora of the Arabian Peninsula and Socotra, Volume 1 By Anthony G. Miller, J. A. Nyberg (1996- details)