Leptodermis kumaonensis R.Parker, Indian Forester 48: 576 1922.;

S. Tibet to Himalaya as per WCSP;

As per keys at link: Leptodermis kumaonensis has corolla pubescent outside and Leptodermis lanceolata has corolla glabrous outside;


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)               


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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.


SK1507 14 Oct 2018 : 13 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (7)- around 650 kb each. 
Location:  Shivapuri National Park, Nepal 
Date: 24 August 2018
Elevation:6500 ft.

Habit : Wild    

Leptodermis ?? Looks rather different. Plant is dangling from 
a forest wall..

Are petals and sepals and leaves matching? 

Just my guess but could be some other .


At first glance looks close. 

Thank you …! Still could not finalize ID yet.


himalayan leptodermis is popular in the west but all pictures i see now on the net are pinkish flowers and corolla tube seems longer. no body has shown dangling  habit for this plant, ie hanging basket growth


Yes … confusion is there.


One of my friend suggested it as Leptodermis kumaonensis Parker but I am not convinced.
Could it be Leptodermis lanceolata Wall  ??

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

Thanks, …, 

Going by these keys it appears close to L. riparia, but I think it is not listed in Checklist of Nepal.

Also similar images identified earlier as Leptodermis kumaonensis as per https://sites.google.com/site/efloraofindia/species/m–-z/r/rubiaceae/leptodermis/leptodermis-kumaonensis

Leptodermis kumaonensis as suggested by a friend ??

POWO, CoL and GBIF mentioned about the distribution of L.riparia in the western

Nepal but does not look like matching as my sp. is not a erect shrub but rather
scandent/ dangling type.


Resembles kumaonensis …, But check with complete profiles, 


I have clicked kumaonensis many times which are erect shrub but this one is scandent dangling from forest wall. So confused.


I will go for L. riparia as per keys submitted by …, in this thread.


May I request you to pl. also confirm this as Leptodermis riparia as per your publication:
Rediscovery, distribution and conservation status of Leptodermis riparia R.Parker (Rubiaceae) in Western Himalaya, India


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


Enclosing herbarium sp. and sketches received from Natioal Herbarium, Nepal.


Please ignore mail.


Enclosing herbarium sp. and sketches received from Natioal Herbarium, Nepal.


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Which book ?


Flora of China!


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