Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker, Indian Forester 48: 576 1922.;
S. Tibet to Himalaya as per WCSP;
As per efi thread;
Three species are given in Osmaston 1927 (A Forest Flora for Kumaon) as differentiated as:

1A. Corolla glabrous outside ……… L. lanceolata
1B. Corolla pubescent outside (minutely hairy)……………..
       2A. Leaves exceeding 5 cms in length, lateral nerves 6-10 pairs …… L. kumaonensis
       2B. Leaves not exceeding 5 cms, lateral nerves 4-6 pairs ……………. L. riparia
As per keys at link: Leptodermis kumaonensis has corolla pubescent outside and Leptodermis lanceolata has corolla glabrous outside;
Keys in Flora of Bhutan by AJC Grierson and D G Long, Vol.2 Part 1 (1999):

1. Bracteole pairs not exceeding hypanthium .. 1. L. ludlowii
+ Bracteole pairs exceeding hypanthium  .. 2
2. Flower-heads terminating short shoots on old wood, overtopped by new growth .. 2. L kumaonensis
+ Flower heads terminating new growth .. 3
3. Corolla tube less than 11.5mm; main veins of leaf 3-5 pairs …. 3. L. stapfiana
+ Corolla tube more than 11.5mm; main veins of leaf 5-9 pairs …. 4. L. amoena
As per efi thread:
L. kumanonensis: Flowers are 3-5 fascicled on ends of lateral short branches (FOC).
L. stapfiana: Flowers are borne in more dense clusters: Inflorescence on current growth; compact clusters of up to 20 flowers at shoot apex at upper nodes and at apex of any lateral shoots.. (FBP)

Shrub 0.5-2.5m tall; young stems glabrous or subglabrous. Leaves lanceolate. rarely elliptic, to 80 x 20mm, much smaller on short shoots, acuminate, attenuate at base both faces ± puberulose, lowre almost white; main veins 6-8 pairs; petioles 5-8mm, pubescent. Stipules carinate above, pubescent below, eciliate. Flower heads narrow, spike like, terminating short shoots covered with stipules below, on old woody only, 2 at each node; bracts all foliaceous long petiolate. Bracteole pairs exceeding calyx at anthesis, divided c halfway with shortly cuspidate lobes o less divided with more truncate lobes. Calyx tube c .5mm; lobes irregular, c .6mm, ciliate, often fimbriate. Corolla infundibular, pubescent and maroon outside, paler within; tube 9-10mm; lobes 3-4mm. Stigmas 5.

Fl. June
Open hillsides, in sun or half shade.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE and RGoB. 1987 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)

Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker ?? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (13) – around 600 kb each.
Location: Kakani, Nepal
Altitude :6600 ft.
Date: 20 June 2018
Habit :  Wild

I also think close to images at Leptodermis kumaonensis

Does this need to be re-worked …?

This is Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker as per keys from Flora of Bhutan at Leptodermis and as per FoC illustration.

SK2075 25 July 2019 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)- around 600 kb each.
Location:  Phulchoki, Lalitpur
Date:  3 July 2019
Elevation:  2721 m.
Habit : Wild
Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker ??

I also think so- Leptodermis kumaonensis as per images and details herein.

Does this need to be re-worked?

These images are also of Leptodermis stapfiana H.J.P.Winkl. as per keys from Flora of Bhutan at Leptodermis

According to keys in the efi  and the leaf shape and size it should be L. kumaonensis !
As per keys at linkLeptodermis kumaonensis has corolla pubescent outside and Leptodermis lanceolata has corolla glabrous outside;

For me id is correct as Leptodermis stapfiana H.J.P.Winkl. as per keys from Flora of Bhutan at Leptodermis

On further consideration, I agree for Leptodermis kumaonensis
Different keys in different sources make life difficult..


Help with ID: 2 images
Please help me with the ID of this vine plant from Phulchowki peak Nepal. It was flowering in late June and growing at 2500m.

Leptodermis kumaonensis Parker


SK 3615 18 August 2022: 1very high res. image.

Location: Juphal, Dolpa,  Nepal
Altitude:  2700m.
Date: 22 June 1022

Habit : Wild 

Flower looks like Leptodermis riparia R.Parker, but not sure !
Only one image I have.

I think Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker

Possible. Altitudinal range for L. kumaonensis matches.
1 pdf attachment- Rediscovery, distribution and conservation status of Leptodermis riparia R.Parker (Rubiaceae) in Western Himalaya, India




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