Strobilanthes capitata (Nees) T. Anderson, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 9: 475 1867. (syn: Goldfussia capitata Nees);
Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal as per Flora of China;

Much-branched undershrub, 0.5-1.5m, often leafless when in flower. Stems decumbent or ascending, glabrescent below, thinly pilose above. Leaves unequal, (Lanceolate-) broadly elliptic (-ovate), shortly acuminate at both ends, usually oblique at base, 4-14 x 1.5-9cm, serrate, thinly pilose above, pubescent on veins beneath, often glabrescent, green on both surfaces or whitish beneath; petioles 1-3cm. Flowers in dense, pedunculate, axillary heads which may be solitary, borne in 3s or borne on small axillary branches with reduced leaves forming axillary panicles; peduncles 1-2 in each axil, 1-6cm, glabrous or pubescent; heads ovoid or ellipsoid, 1.5-2 x 1-3cm. Outer barren bracts concave, ovate, 16-20(23)mm, acuminate, crenate, pubescent (or glabrous), deciduous as flowers open; inner bracts oblong-elliptic, 7-11mm,pilose. Callyx 11-13mm (accrescent to 2cm in fruit) pale green, lobes linear-oblanceolate, densely ciliate, equal. Corolla blue, 43-53mm, thinly pilose, tube straight, narrowly cylinderical for c 15mm, then gradually widened to c 15mm at mouth. Capsule c 14mm, glandular-pilose in upper half.

Fl. September-February.
Subtropical scrub and forest margins, particularly in moist gullies.
(Attributions- A.J.C. GRIERSON & D.G. LONG. Flora of Bhutan. Published by RBGE and RGOB. 2001 from Bhutan Biodiversity Portal


SK154OCT21-2016:ID : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Strobilanthes sp. shot at Kurintar Nepal on 30 December 2013 at 900 ft.
Need proper ID.

This is Strobilanthes. I think it might be Strobilanthes capitata (Nees) T. Anderson but I can’t see the whole inflorescence or the habit so the identification is provisional. Does … have an image of the whole plant?

It is from old collection and I do not have other pictures. Also, I could not find any image in the web.
Can you make out from the shape of the yet to bloom flowers?

I just found a picture from the same album but I am not sure if the same plant.
Attachments (1)

This is definitely Strobilanthes capitata (Nees) T. Anderson.

Little yellow flower in Myanmar : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location : Hmunpui, Mizoram
Date : 17-12-2016

Habit : Shrub
Habitat : Wild

I need to think about this – the sessile inflorescences are a bit odd but I may not have a chance to check this until after the holidays. Does … make herbarium specimens? If so, it would be good to see photos of these specimens and their labels

Strobilanthes dalhousieanus ?

I think it is Strobilanthes capitata but I am not completely sure. The completely sessile inflorescence is odd but I can’t see what else it would be without a specimen to study or perhaps more photos.

MS Nov.2018/10 Strobilanthes sp. for identification : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Location : Lungkulh, Mizoram
Date : 14-11-2018
Habit : Undershrub
Habitat : Wild

I think this is Strobilanthes capitata (Nees) T. Anderson. It is slightly odd because of the subsessile unbranched inflorescences but this is probably not significant.


MS Dec, 2019/01 Strobilanthes sp. for ID : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location : Pukzing, Mizoram
Date : 21-12-2019
Habit : Undershrub
Habitat : Wild

Looks like Strobilanthes capitata T. Anderson.

For comparison : Re: Fwd: Re: Re: SK154OCT21-2016:ID.

MS Oct.2016/10 Strobilanthes sp. for Id. : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Location : Hualtu, Mizoram
Date : Nov, 2013
Habit : Small shrub
Habitat : Wild

Looks like a species of Strobilanthes but not enough information to identify _ I can’t the habit, leaves or inflorescence structure. More photos of these are necessary.

Is it S.capitatus ?

Impossible to say without an image of the whole inflorescence. The corollas of Strobilanthes are generally rather similar. I will send a photo of S. capitata if I can find it.


I am attaching a photo of Strobilasnthes capitata for …. I hope it helps him to recognise this species.
Please don’t put it on your website as it was sent to me for identification in 2014 and I don’t have permission to pass it on. Attachments (1)

Strobilanthes capitata as per another thread by Dr. Wood.


SK 2339 26 December 2019 : 10 posts by 2 authors. 8 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kalimpong, WB, India
Date: 26 November 2019 
Elevation: 1350m.
Habitat: Wild
Which Strobilanthes ??

Looks like Strobilanthes capitata (Nees) T. Anderson

MS,Oct.,2021/26 Stobilanthes sp. for id.:
Location : Ailawng
Date : 10-11-2018
Habit : Undershrub
Habitat : Wild

I think this is Strobilanthes capitata but I can’t see a complete inflorescence. Does … know that species?

Yes, right

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