Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B. Clarke, Fl. Brit. India 4: 465 1884. (Syn: Pteracanthus lachenensis (C. B. Cl.) Bremek.);

Perennial herbs, up to 80 cm tall; stem erect, quadrangular, with lax white patent hairs. Leaves ovate, decurrent, laxly hairy, 6.4 cm long, 4 cm wide, apex acuminate, base obtuse or triangular. Spikes 5-13 cm long, solitary, simple; flowering sessile; bracts sessile, elliptic, ca. 12 mm long, 6 mm wide, green, entire, truncate, exceeding the calyx at the base, caducous; calyx subequally deeply 5-lobed to base, segments narrow; corolla purple, tubular-ventricose, curved above, ca. 1.7 cm long, glabrous with a few scattered lax hairs towards the apex; limb lobes subequal, orbicular; stamens 4, didynamous, anthers oblong, 2-celled, muticous; ovary 4-ovulate, style linear, stigma of one long linear-lanceolate branch, the other suppressed. Capsule 4-seeded. Seeds compressed.
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Strobilanthes atropurpureus Nees ??? : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Strobilanthes atropurpureus Nees. shot at Chandragiri Hill Kathmandu Nepal on 19 September 2016 at 8200 ft.
Nepali Names: अङ्गारे Angaare/ जरो बुटी Jaro Buti / किब्बु Kibbu  / कगदिल Kagadil

This is Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B. Clarke.
It is scattered in the Himalayas from central Nepal to SW China.


Thank you for correcting ID.
I did not find pic on web however one pic from a book published in Nepal. Is it the correct ID on book ?
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Yes, I think this is correctly Strobilanthes lachenenensis. The picture is not so helpful as those sent by … which show the habit of the plant and the complete inflorescence. These are usually very important in identifying the different species.

Is it not Strobilanthes attenuata ?

I think this is Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B. Clarke.
Note compound inflorescence, leaves cuneate, not cordate at base – it is possible there could be hybrids between lachensisis and attenuata – they certainly hybridize easily when cultivated together.

Strobilanthes atropurpureus : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)
Sharing some pictures of Strobilanthes atropurpureus shot at Nagarkot Nepal on 13 August 2016 at 6800 ft.

I am not sure what this is but it is not Strobilanthes atropurpurea, which has a glabrous corolla. It might be S. lachenensis (which is very variable) but I am doubtful. The altitude suggests that is a good possibility.
Have you got a photo showing the whole plant I particular the complete inflorescence showing how it is branched.


Adding some more images from same location same date as you have advised for further scrutiny!
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I think this is a form of Strobilanthes lachenensis. It is not Strobilanthes atropurpurea which has a glabrous corolla and subequal calyx lobes. The plant in the photographs has a hairy corolla and one calyx lobe is clearly longer than the others.
Strobilanthes lachenensis is very variable in size and inflorescence development and I have puzzled over some specimens in the past (see my comments in Edinburgh Journal of Botany 51 (2): 246 in 1994) but without seeing a specimen this is my best guess at the identity of these photographs.
I know S. lachenensis and S. attenuata hybridise when cultivated together and some of the variation might be explained by hybridization with another Strobilanthes species growing in the same area.


Strobilanthes attenuata (Nees) Nees ?? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Strobilanthes attenuata (Nees) Nees shot at Hattiban Nepal 5 October 2014 at 4500 ft.

I think more details are required for confirmation or otherwise.

ID still pending !

Looks different from images at

Pl. try comparative images at genus page,  if you can find a match with these images:

Note the hairy corolla. I think this is Strobilanthes lachenensis, which is quite variable, but it is an odd example, if I am correct in my identification.
Help with ID : 10 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
I have a couple more I need ID help with this one below.

Strobilanthes lamiifolia (Nees) T. Anderson

I do not think matches with images at Strobilanthes lamiifolia

I guess Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B.Clarke !

Definitely not Strobilanthes lamiifolia. Might be Strobilanthes lachenensis but not sure. Any photo of flowers? of the plant? Any altitude or location detail?

I am attaching a photo of the plant with flowers.
1 image.

I think this is Strobilanthes lachenensis but I have a slight hesitation as it is a rather depauperate plant lacking the typical branched inflorescence.


SK 2804 23 October 2020 : 8 posts by 1 author. 7 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2800m.
Habit : Wild
Strobilanthes sp. for ID !

Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B.Clarke as confirmed by Dr. Wood !


SK 2822 1 04 November 2020 :  14 posts by 2 authors. 12 images- 5 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 1500m.
Habitat  : Wild
Strobilanthes sp. for ID Please !

This again appears to be Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B. Clarke


SK 2817 02 November 2020 : 11 posts by 3 authors. 7 images- 6 to 7 mb each.
Location: Kathmandu Valley
Date:  October 2020 
Elevation: 2700m.
Habitat  : Wild
ID for this Strobilanthes please !

Looks like Strobilanthes atropurpurea to me.

I don’t think this is S. atropurpurea – the corolla is hairy and sepals are not right.

I Think SK2817 is Strobilanthes lachenensis.


SK465 31 MAR-2017:ID : 10 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Date : 31 March 2017
Altitude : 6300 ft.

It looks like an Acanthaceae member, may be Andrographis?

In the second photo, one vegetative part with oval shaped leaves is present along with some Hydrocotyle species, Is it the part of this Acanthaceae?

No it is not from the same plant !

Only one Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Nees is listed in Nepal but but does not seem matching.

Can anyone solve the mystery of this plant ?

This is one of the Strobilanthes spp., frequent in middle hills. Sometimes leaves and young branches turn purplish brown.

I feel it is some Acanthaceae member, may be Strobilanthes which have flowering twigs of previous growing season.

I agree that it is probably a species of Strobilanthes but would not like to guess which one. … do you know what species grow in the vicinity?

I have shot images of Strobilanthes lamiifolia (Nees) T. Anderson and Strobilanthes lachenensis in that locality !

Have a look at Strobilanthes lachenensis. Is that a possibility?

A friend has just shown me images of Strobilanthes lachenensis with the same dark purplish winter leaves so I guess this evidence gives added support to the suggestion that the plant in your images is Strobilanthes lachenensis.


Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B.Clarke: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Kalikot, West Nepal
Altitude:  2567 m.
Date: 15 August 2021 
Habit : Wild


SK 3633 06 September 2022: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Timure, Surkhet,  Nepal
Altitude:  2100m.
Date: 22 March 2022 
Habit : Wild
Strobilanthes … ?????

I think this is Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B.Clarke but I would really need to see a picture with leaves and habit to be certain.

That was my guess as well … Unfortunately, I have only these images.



SK852 06Nov-2017:ID : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (9)
Location: Godawari Botanical Garden, Nepal
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Date: 6 November 2017
Strobilanthes … ???

Did you check at

Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B. Clarke  ???

I think it is Strobilanthes lachenensis but I would like some time to consider other possibilities.

Strobilanthes pentstemonoides (Nees) T. Anderson var. pentstemonoides. according to …!

Assuming this is from Nepal, It has to be a form of Strobilanthes lachenensis. Note the corolla is pubescent on the exterior (wrong for pentstemonoides), the sepals are glandular-pilose and the infloresence is lax. 
Strobilanthes glutinosa can look similar but the flowers are pale blue and the inflorescence is different – it also flowers in mid winter.


SK 3858 18 September 2023: 12 high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 26 August 2023
Altitude: 2600 m.
Habitat : Wild
Strobilanthes for ID !

I think this is Strobilanthes lachenensis C.B.Clarke


SK 3867 30 September 2023 – Strobilanthes: 10 high res. images.
Location: Surya Binayak, Bhaktapur, Nepal
Altitude: 1500m.
Date: 04 September 2023
Habit : Wild

This looks like Stroblanthes lachenensis again though the leaves are not the usual shape




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