Scleromitrion pinifolium (Wall. ex G.Don) R.J.Wang, J. Trop. Subtrop. Bot. 22: 440 (2014) (syn: Hedyotis pinifolia Wall. ex G.Don; Hedyotis pinifolia var. horridula (Pit.) N.N.Tran; Hedyotis pinifolia var. macrocalyx (Pit.) N.N.Tran; Oldenlandia horridula Pierre ex Pit.; Oldenlandia macrocalyx Pierre ex Pit.; Oldenlandia pinifolia (Wall. ex G.Don) Kuntze; Oldenlandia pinifolia var. horridula Pit.; Oldenlandia pinifolia var. macrocalyx Pit.; Scleromitrion caespitosum Miq.);
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Tropical & Subtropical Asia to N. Australia: Andaman Is., Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, China South-Central, China Southeast, East Himalaya, Hainan, India, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Malaya, Myanmar, Nepal, Northern Territory, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam as per POWO;
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Oldenlandia/ Borreria SN 910121: 2 images.
Wild herb from Orissa Sal forest.


Oldenlandia pinifolia


Spermacoce pusilla Wall. (= Borreria pusilla (Wall.) DC.)


I agree with …


Oh my god, No way …, it’s not Spermacoce pusilla,
It’s Oldenlandia only because Spermacoce pusilla have much flowered sessile clusters at axillary and terminal,
In this, there is clear pedicellated 1 or 2 flowers at node,


OK … ! I thought it has got no distribution in Orissa !




7 April 2019/NSD-1 Herb for ID : 6 posts by 4 authors. 1 high res. image.

Please ID this small herb…
Umariya, M.P. Sept 2017

its not in focus. i could not discern the features of the flowers. do you have a better focus photo?


Hedyotis cynantha


To me looks different from images at Hedyotis cyanantha

Pl. check with other species at Hedyotis & Oldenlandia

I think it should be Scleromitrion verticillatum (L.) R.J.Wang (syn: Hedyotis verticillata (L.) Lam.) as per differences between closely related species at
GBIF (high resolution specimens) FOC illustration  Flora of China 

I guess it is different.


Pl. see variations at GBIF (high resolution specimens)


Scleromitrion tenelliflorum (Blume) Korth. ??
740 × 570


Calyx is densely hispidulous in Scleromitrion verticillatum (L.) R.J.Wang (syn: Hedyotis verticillata (L.) Lam.) and glabrous in Scleromitrion tenelliflorum (Blume) Korth. as per Scleromitrion sirayanum (Rubiaceae: Spermacoceae), a new species of the Hedyotis-Oldenlandia complex in Taiwan– Tian-Chuan HSU, and Zhi-Hao CHEN- Taiwania 62(2): 151‒156, 2017
So it is Scleromitrion verticillatum (L.) R.J.Wang (syn: Hedyotis verticillata (L.) Lam.) only.

This is Scleromitrion pinifolium, as per images and details herein.


Yes, it’s …, I too agree with you and collected earlier as Oldenlandia pinifolia,


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For identification: 1 high res. image.
Please identify this


It is a rubiaceae.
Spermacoce or similar genus.


This is Scleromitrion pinifolium, as per images and details herein.



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References: POWO  Catalogue of Life  The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  GBIF (High resolution specimens) Flora of China  FOC illustration  Annotated checklist of Flowering plants of Nepal  India Biodiversity Portal
Oldenlandia pinifolia (Wall. ex G.Don) Kuntze (Rubiaceae), a new addition to the flora of Australia: J.O.Westaway (2017)- Austrobaileya 10(1): 93–101.

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