Blepharis integrifolia


Much branched creeping herbs; stems terete, often rooting at the nodes. Leaves simple, verticillate, usually 4 at nodes, sessile, obovate, 5-7 x 2.5-4 mm, coriaceous or subcoriaceous apex rounded or shortly mucronate, margin entire; lateral nerves obscure, younger leaves often sparsely setose. Flowers axillary, solitary, sessile; bracts 2, oblong, 0.75- 1.0 x 0.5-0.75 mm, apex apiculate, trinerved, margin setose ciliate towards apex; bacteoles 8 (4 pairs) apex acuminate, margin long ciliate, reticulate. Sepals 4 in two opposite pairs; membranous, outside puberulous, inside glabrous, margin ciliated, reticulate; outer pair larger, anterior sepal oblong or oblong- lanceolate, 8.5-9.5 x 2.5-3.0 mm, apex acute, trinerved, posterior sepal lanceolate or elliptic-lanceolate, 8.5-9.5 x 2.0-2.5 mm, apex bifid, binerved; inner pair, smaller, lanceolate, 7.0-7.5 x 2.0-2.5 mm, apex acuminate, uninerved. Corolla bilabiate; tube 3.5-4.5 mm long, outside glabrous, inside with a ring of plumose hairs below the attachment of stamens; upper lip very short or rudimentary; lower lip 5.5- 6.5 mm long, trilobed, middle lobe smaller, densely covered with hooked or deflexed white hairs inside. Stamens 4, equal, filaments 1.25-1.5 mm long, thicker at the base, glabrous, prolonged above the insertion of the anther; anthers 1.5-1.75 x 0.5 mm, one- celled, margin and apex long ciliated. Ovary cylindrical, 1.5 mm long, glabrous, style 2.5-3.0 mm long, glabrous, base of the style produced downwards encircling the top of the ovary forming an inverted cup-like structure, stigma inconspicuous. 
Flowering and fruiting: November-December 
Deciduous forests and scrub jungles 
India and Sri Lanka
(From India Biodiversity Portal (Blepharis integrifolia)
images of an herb for idenfication, :  Attachments (4). 3 posts by 3 authors.
SENDING images of an herb for identification, looks like an member of acanthaceae, or fabacaceae din't find it in flowering condition
It is Blepharis repens of Acanthaceae
Burdwan : Blepharis maderaspatensis (L.) B.Heyne ex Roth ??? :  Attachments (5). 4 posts by 3 authors. 
A creeping, small, wild herb found today (19-01-14) in wasteland at Andal (Burdwan/Bardhaman District.
It may be Blepharis integrifolia (= B. repens = B. molluginifolia).
It doesn't look like B. maderaspatensis to me.
Thank you once again ... for the very probable ID.
(I too was feeling very uneasy to tag it with B. maderaspatensis)
Blepharis integrifolia (L.f.) E.Mey. & Drège ex Schinz.(=Blepharis molluginifolia) is the correct identity. ... posting is correct
ANOCT50 Please identify this Blepharis sp. :  4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).
Road to Makalidurga
10th October 2014

It is Blepharis integrifolia (L.f.) E.Mey. & Drège ex Schinz (= Blepharis molluginifolia Pers)
Blepharis repens (Vahl) Roth SN Jan15 04 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (2)
Blepharis repens (Vahl) Roth, prostrate wild herb from Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu.
Please help me with these Telugu names (if valid) in native script ...
  1. bankathuttura ... Blepharis repens ... some white paper

they are as follows 1. బంక తుత్తుర ;
ID of Blepharis sp. : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Pl help me to arrive at identification of the attached Blepharis sp.
Observed in Tisaiyanvilai, Tirunelveli Dist of Tamilnadu.
Heads mostly 1-fld. many of the outer bracts barren, bracteoles elliptic or oblong sub-sessile, petals blue in colour.
It suits the description of B molluginifolia, which is a synm of B integrifolia as per the plant list.
Whether it could be Blepharis integrifolia var. clarkei (Schinz) Oberm

Pl. also see the images of the same species at

Blepharis integrifolia (L.f.) E.Mey. & Drège ex Schinz  only?? 
Because Blepharis integrifolia var. clarkei (Schinz) Oberm does not seem to have distribution in India.

JSTOR  African Plant Database  India Biodiversity Portal (Blepharis integrifolia)  
A Revised Handbook to the Flora of Ceylon -, Volume 12 By M. D. Dassanayake (2000- Details- Blepharis integrifolia (L.f.) E.Mey. with Blepharis repens (Vahl) Roth as a syn.)
Flora of Davanagere District, Karnataka, India By B. K. Manjunatha, V. Krishna, T. Pullaiah India Biodiversity Portal (Blepharis repens)