Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 136 1825. (syn: Ophiorrhiza bracteolata Wall. ex G.Don; Virecta fasciculata Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don; Virecta suffruticosa Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don);
C. & E. Himalaya to SE. Tibet as per WCSP;
Stems 10-40cm, often woody below, glabrous or scurfy, more often branched than in other species. Leaves equal, ovate elliptic, 2-14 x 1.5-6cm, acute base cuneate and often decurrent, glabrous or thinly pilose above, scurfy on veins beneath; stipules filiform from triangular base, ciliate 4-7mm. Cymes solitary terminal or terminal with lateral cymes overtopping central one, compact in flower, becoming strongly divaricate in fruit, 1-6cm long 2-10cm wide, often flattened in shape, pubescent; peduncle 2.5-12cm. Bracts and bracteoles linear-oblong acuminate, pubescent, 1 veined 10-12mm, persistant. Calyx c 2mm, teeth 0.75mm. Corolla 10-15mm, widened at mouth, white flushed with pink, drying yellow, pubescent outside, glabrous, papillose or sparsely pubescent inside; lobes ovate, 2-2.5mm. Capsule pubescent, 6-10mm wide.
On rocky banks and steep slopes in and near moist subtropical forest.
(Attributions- A.C.J Grierson & D.G Long. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE and RGoB. 1987 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal)
SK74AUG11-2016:ID : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (9)
Sharing some pictures for identification. Pictures were shot at Mudkhu Nepal on 9 August 2016 at 5000 ft.
Apocynaceae member ?
Please check for Ophiorrhiza sp. (Rubiaceae). Closer to O. fasciculata.
Ophiorrhiza species in eFloraofindia (with details/ keys from published papers/ regional floras/ FRLHT/ FOI/ Biotik/ efloras/ books etc., where ever available)
Could be Ophiorrhiza fasciculata
Yes it is Ophiorrhiza fasciculata of Rubiaceae family.
Thank you for ID. It is Ophiorrhiza fasciculata.
Altitude: 4400 ft.
Date: 31 August 2013
Is this same sp. from same location?
Pl. match the inflorescence
Can not decide as the inflorescence is not clear.
First post was 4600 ft.
Still 100% not confirmed !
Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don ??? : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Location: Soureni, Mirik, India
Date: 18 May 2017
Altitude: 4500 ft.
Does not match with images at Ophiorrhiza fasciculata
Ophiorrhiza succirubra King ex J. D. Hooke ???
Are the flowering bracts similar in all species of Ophiorrhiza as in Ophiorrhiza fasciculata ?
I have no idea about this !
MS July, 2018/18 Ophiorrhiza sp. for ID : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4)
Location : Durtlang, Mizoram
Altitude : ca 1,300 m.
Habit : Small herb
Habitat : Wild.
Which are the species reported from the area?
The following spp. are found in Mizoram :- Ophiorrhiza fasciculata, O.mungos, O.ochroleuca, O.oppositiflora, O.pauciflora, O.repens, O.rugosa var. argentea. O.succirubra, O.treutleri.
Thanks, … Can you post the keys?
If we follow Keys in Flora of Bhutan as per efi thread, I arrive at Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don
Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don ??? : 14 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Balaju, Raniban,Nepal
Altitude : 4800 ft.
Date: 7 June 2018
Habit : Wild
I am still waiting for Keys for Nepal or India plants.
Ophiorrhiza is really a difficult so to identify since not much image and descriptions !
Attachments (1)- Ophirrhiza.jpg
This is from Flora of Kathmandu Valley published by Department of Plant Resources, Government of Nepal.
Attachments (1)- Flora-of-Bhutal_all_01.pdf
Thanks, …. Can these keys be converted into text for incorporation at our site?
There are species here- from Which book ?
I guess sure. These are from FoC, FoB and Nepal Govt. published books.
If we follow the keys in it,
your id seems to be correct.
I also followed keys given in the Flora of Bhutan, it leads to the same species.
SK2022 03 July 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)- around 750 kb each.
Location: Chalnakhel, Kathmandu
Date: 24 June 2019
Elevation: 1370 m.
Habit : Wild
Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don ???
Thanks, …, for the wonderful images. Pl. check images at
In particular, pl. match the bracts.
Thank you … I checked and guessed so for the validation.
SK 2229 17 October 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- 444 kb, 3 mb & 3 mb.
Location: Chalnakhel, kathmandu, Nepal
Altitude: 1570 m.
Date: 14 September 2019
Habit : Wild
Ophiorrhiza succirubra King ex Hook.f. ??
Attachments (2)- 834 kb & 6 mb.
Looks different from specimen at GBIF
I think it looks close to images and details at Ophiorrhiza fasciculata
Ophiorrhiza fasciculata D.Don : 9 posts by 1 author. 9 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Chalnakhel, Pharping
Date: 28 June 2020
Elevation: 1500 m.