Trop. & Subtrop. Asia as per WCSP;
Assam; Bangladesh; Borneo; Cambodia; China South-Central; East Himalaya; India; Jawa; Laccadive Is.; Laos; Lesser Sunda Is.; Malaya; Maluku; Myanmar; Nepal; New Guinea; Philippines; Sulawesi; Sumatera; Thailand; Vietnam; West Himalaya as per Catalogue of Life;
Common name: Hairy Gomphrena • Malayalam: Meenangani

Erect annual herbs; stem 4-angled and ridged, villous along ridges. Leaves opposite, 1-2.5 x 0.5-1 cm, ovate-lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, base narrowly attenuate, margins coarsely serrate, apex acute, thinly pubescent on nerves beneath; petiole to 1 cm long. Flowers grouped in terminal globose, ovoid or short cylindric heads, 0.5-1.5 cm long, subtended by a pair of floral leaves and many bracts. Calyx c. 2 mm long, tubular, 2-lipped, upper lip entire, lower usually 4-toothed. Corolla white turning brownish, c. 4 mm long, 2-lipped, upper lip subequally 4-lobed. Stamen 4, didynamous; anthers 1-celled. Ovary 4-partite; style slender; stigma shortly 2-fid. Nutlets 4, minute, smooth.

Flowering and fruiting: September-December
Grassy areas in moist deciduous forests and waste lands
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi from India Biodiversity Portal)


Platostoma hispidum (L.) A.J.Paton for validation : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (8)

These images were all taken at the same location in Tungareshwar WLS. The first image was taken in December, and all the others at the end of monsoon in 2018 and 2017.
I have identified it as Platostoma hispidum (L.) A.J.Paton, syn. Acrocephalus hispidus (L.)
Please validate.

Yes, it’s …, you’re right,

Thank you …, I have only seen this plant in a single location where it is very abundant.

I too have experience with Andhra Pradesh only …, We have occasionally in undisturbed forests at margins of streams,

It’s ok …, We too have occasionally at margins of streams in the undisturbed forests of Andhra Pradesh,

Thanks, …, for the wonderful presentation.



Please identify : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1) – 3 MB.

Location: Maharajganj
Elevation: 95 M
Habit: herb
Habitat: Forest

indistinct features of the inflorescence preclude any what you can and already have done, i imagine.. better sharp and side-view pictures could help clinch the dx

Thanks, … Can you show the clear picture of the inflorescence ?

I have identified it as Platostoma hispidum (L.) A.J.Paton syn. Acroecphalus hispidus (L.) Nicholson et Sivadesen (Acrocephalus indicus
Burm. f.)Kuntze) and it is new addition for eflora group.


ID-15102014 PR 2 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).
Plants from gujarat
small herb
habitat wild
may be Acanthaceae family

Seems to be Acanthaceae member. But photo is not clear

Any possibility of Carpesiunm sp. ??

Platostoma hispidum


Lamiaceae Herb for identification-Haryana Siwaliks:: NS October 2021::02: 7 images.

This small herb was recorded from an undisturbed area of Haryana Siwaliks last week (10.10.21) (alt. ca. 800 m). I believe this to be a member of Lamiaceae..
Further inputs requested, Platostoma/ Elsholtzia??

Platostoma hispidum (L.) A.J.Paton !

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