Justicia simplex D. Don,  Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 118 1825. (syn: Dianthera ciliata Blanco; Ecbolium simplex (D. Don) Kuntze; Justicia mollissima Wall.; Justicia procumbens var. simplex (D.Don) Yamazaki; Rostellaria mollissima Nees; Rostellularia magnifolia Bremek.; Rostellularia mollissima (Nees) Nees; Rostellularia procumbens var. simplex (D. Don) T. Yamaz.; Rostellularia pumila Hochst. ex Nees);
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India (throughout), Himalaya, peninsular Malaysia to Ryukyu Isl., S-China, Taiwan as per Catalogue of Life;
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‘Kalmashi’ ‘काळमाशी’ in Marathi;
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An Excursion Flora of Central Tamilnadu, India By K. M. Matthew (1995- Details with Keys)
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Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah (2004- Details with Keys)
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Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Chhatarpur and Damoh By G. P. Roy, B. K. Shukla, Bhaskar Datt (Description & Keys- Justicia diffusa, simplex, quinqueangularis var. quinqueangularis, quinqueangularis var. peploides)
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Submission of Justicia simplex : 1 post by 1 author.

Plant name: Justicia simplex D.Don, Prodr. Fl. Nepal. 118 1825.
Family: Acanthaceae
this is a valid name as per Catalogue of life
Erect herb up to 30cm tall; stem /braches striate, angled, scabrous. Leaves sessile, oblong, 5-7 cm x 0.3-0.7cm, apex subobtuse; flowers in dense terminal spikes;  spikes solitary, not more than 5 cm long; bracts ovate, scarious with green midrib; corolla pink..


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26102011-BS-1 A small acanthaceae member for id from TDL Herbal Park:

A small Acanthaceae member for id from TDL Herbal Park Yamunanagar

wild about 1 feet high, flower about 10 mm


looks like Justicia procumbens var. simplex


Can it be Justicia diffusa as per keys available at:

Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Chhatarpur and Damoh By G. P. Roy, B. K. Shukla, Bhaskar Datt (Description & Keys- Justicia diffusa, simplex, quinqueangularis var. quinqueangularis, quinqueangularis var. peploides)

Pl. confirm.


I think Justicia simplex only as per another thread.



Justicia simplex from Pench – NSD 57 : Attachments (1). 5 posts by 2 authors.

This plant is from Pench tiger reserve

Photographed on 29-8-07

I think it is Justicia simplex from Acanthaceae family, but i am not very sure. 

Please confirm the id


I think you are right, … Current name is Rostellularia japonica (Thumb.) Ellis


Can it be Justicia diffusa as per keys available at:

Flora of Madhya Pradesh: Chhatarpur and Damoh By G. P. Roy, B. K. Shukla, Bhaskar Datt (Description & Keys- Justicia diffusa, simplex, quinqueangularis var. quinqueangularis, quinqueangularis var. peploides)


Because of strigose nature, 1-3 spikes terminal/axillar, bracts with  green midrib, leaves elliptic lanceolate; it seems Justicia simplex.



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justicia simplex, rishikesh, for confirmation, mm1 08042014 :  4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4).

justicia simplex

would very much appreciate a confirmation

it was growing by the river ganges

a few kilometers from rishikesh

second week of march


Yes, it looks as Justicia simplex



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IND 2 5/7/14 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).

Please Id this prostrate medicinal herb with small pink flowers. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in March 2014.


Justicia simplex of Acanthaceae


Pl. also try to post close ups along with such full habit shots, for proper id.
Pl. check comparative images at Justicia

Appears close to images at Justicia simplex D. Don as per comparative images at Justicia



Plz Identify ?

Maybe Acanthaceae member

Habit- herbaceous

Loc- kota Rajasthan
Date- 11/01/2021


Justicia simplex ?


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