Chamabainia cuspidata Wight, Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 6: 11 1853. (syn: Boehmeria squamigera Wedd.; Chamabainia cuspidata var. denticulosa W. T. Wang & C. J. Chen; Chamabainia cuspidata var. morii (Hayata) W. T. Wang; Chamabainia morii Hayata; Chamabainia squamigera Wedd.; Urtica squamigera Wall.);
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Lecanthus peduncularis (Wall. ex Royle) Wedd. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)
Location:  Deurali, Dolkha, Nepal
Date: 6 September 2017
Elevation : 7700 ft.
Nepali Names : गग्लेटो Gagleto  /  खोले झार Khole Jhaar / गकालेती Gakaaletee / गाँठे गोलिया Gaanthe Goliyaa / गोलीको Goliko  / खोले साग Khole Saag

I am a bit skeptical about the ID of this plant. Does not look like L. peduncularis !

Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude : 6000 ft.
Date: 18 July 2018
Habit : Wild
Nepali Names : गग्लेटो Gagleto  /  खोले झार Khole Jhaar / गकालेती Gakaaletee / गाँठे गोलिया Gaanthe Goliyaa / गोलीको Goliko  / खोले साग Khole Saag 
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Can’t these (original post) be female flowers as per ?

I have no idea … and did not find images in the net for comparison !

The species of attached images is Chamabainia cuspidata. The illustration in the link is partly wrong. The male plant is right but female one is not belonging to Lecanthus.

Thank you …! By the way I could not differentiate between male and female flowers.

For Lecanthus, or most Elatostema species, if inflorescence with long peduncle always means male.
This can be interpreted as nature selection by the wind-pollination path.

SK1328 28 JUL 2018 : 12 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7)
Location: Kakani,  Nepal
Altitude :6000 ft.
Date: 19 June 2018
Habit : Wild  
Which Urticaceae ?

Pilea ?

Pilea cordifolia Hook. fil.

Why go for doubtful species when there are many other options?

It was just a guess since leaves resemble cordifolia. Did not find any other match !

Are these not similar to your other identified posting recently from the same family?

This one also ID is not finalised.
efi thread

I think this will also be Chamabainia cuspidata as identified by Dr. Fu in another email.


Nepali Name : पाम्ले Pamle


Lecanthus peduncularis : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures of Lecanthus peduncularis shot at Kakani Nepal on 28 July 2016 at 6000 ft.

Does not seem to match with images at Lecanthus peduncularis

For me it looks like L. peduncularis but it could be L. wallichii also or some other species?
I think there is only two type of Lecanthus.

Thanks, …, Lecanthus wallichii Wedd. is a synonym of Lecanthus peduncularis (Wall. ex Royle) Wedd.
As per Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal, this seems to be the only species in Nepal.  

I think this will also be Chamabainia cuspidata as identified by Dr. Fu in another email.




Urticaceae? ABJUL01/25 : 13 posts by 5 authors. 3 images.
This one is from my walk to Triund more than a week back. I thought it to be a member of the Urticaceae family. Please advise.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
2300m approx.
09 July 2016

Looks like Pilea umbrosa

Thank you … I am attaching my photo of what I think is Pilea umbrosa. The leaves are larger, flowers on frilly forking spikes. The sample I posted had smaller leaves and flowers clustered around the stem. Please advise. 1 image.

Can it be Lecanthus wallichii ???

Thank you … The flowers were not on a stalked disc but hugging the main stem so it isn’t likely to be L. peduncularis. Attached are photos of Lecanthus peduncularis. 2 images.

I think neither Pilea umbrosa not Lecanthes. It would be interesting to know this plant.

Thank you … I have the same opinion. I will see if I can trek to Triund in the coming days and look at the plant more closely.

I think Pouzolzia zeylanica
efi thread
I must mention that P. zeylanica on Flowers of India is wrongly identified. It clearly has alternate leaves, whereas Pouzolzia hs opposite leaves.

Thank you … The pattern of flowers is very similar to my sample. You mention that there is a great variation in this species. Is it why the leaves on my specimen are very different, being ovate and toothed in stead of narrow and entire in your sample? Please advise.

It does not appear to be a Pouzolzia species as per comparative images herein.

I think this will also be Chamabainia cuspidata as identified by Dr. Fu in another email.


SK 2865 25 January 2021: 3 high resolution images.

Location: Chandragiri
Date: November 2020
Altitude: 1846m.
Habitat : Wild
Some Elatostema sp. ??

I think it looks something different.

You mean different from Pilea cordistipulata or P. aquarum ??
Any suggestion ?

Looks different Pilea species as per comparative images herein.
Pl. check Chamabainia cuspidata
To me appears close.

OK … for the flowering time!

SK957 25 JAN-2018 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- around 600 kb each.
Location: Raniban, Balaju, Nepal
Altitude:  4900 ft.
Date: 26 August 2016
Urticaceae ??

Appears so. 

Boehmeria sp.??

Elatostema sp.

Does not appears to be Elatostema species.

Pl. check with images at Chamabainia cuspidata



Herb for id from Kodaikanal 271010MK3: Please help to id this herb under a rotting wood found at Bryants park, Kodaikanal.

Date/Time- 06-11-2010 / 1:10 PM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPca.2100asl; Kodaikanal, TN
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- roadside weed
Plant Habit-herb
Height/Length- ca. 20cm
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 2.5 x 1.5 cm
Inflorescence Type/ Size- axillary

It looks like Laportea interrupta from the Nettle family.

I have doubts for this to be Laportea interrupta!

I think ….. may be right. Please check the link

The distinct 3-nerved leaves (L.interrupta) are absent here in the plant I posted. In addition, the leaves are smaller (3 X 2 cm) here when compared to the L.interrupta.  Any other clue to this small herb?

Attached are the relatively high res. images.
2 images.

Member of Urticaceae

Thanks for this. It looks like Chamabainia cuspidata. Please check.

looks so



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