Commicarpus chinensis

Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. in Engler u. Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2 16c: 117 1934. (syn: Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Asch. & Schweinf. (ambiguous synonym); Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Druce (ambiguous synonym); Boerhavia chinensis subsp. natalensis (Meikle) R. Govaerts; Boerhavia repanda Willd.; Valeriana chinensis L.);  
China (Hainan), Pakistan (Baluchistan, Pakistani Punjab), India, Myanmar [Burma], Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, peninsular Malaysia (Perlis), Java (incl. Madura, Kangean), Lesser Sunda Isl. (Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, E-Flores, Timor), Moluccas (Kei Isl.), Lakshadweep Isl. (Laccadives), S-Mozambique as per Catalogue of Life;

Diffuse Hogweed • Marathi: Punarnava, पुंगली Pungali • Tamil: Kodi Minnai, Mukkuttikkodi, Ucha • Telugu: Kanne Komali, Atukumamidi;
Commicarpus chinensis
shot from a roadside area in a village near Samalkha Panipat
wildly growing there 

Very Common weed here in our area. Old name is Boerhaavia rependa
Commicarpus chinensis(L. ) Heimerl : Attachments (2).  1 post by 1 author.
Commicarpus chinensis (L. ) Heimerl , Fam: Nyctaginaceae
(= Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Rottb)
Sulagiri, Krishnagiri DT, Tamil Nadu
Scandant shrub spreads over bushes.
Root tuber medicinal

Images by tspkumar
TSP-APR2016-09-309:Images of Boerhavia chinensis (Nyctaginaceae) : 4 posts by 3 authors. 5 images.

It is my pleasure to share few images of Boerhavia chinensis  (Nyctaginaceae




Habit: Herb 

Habitat: Open wastelands 

Sighting: Chikmagalur, Karnataka, about 900 msl 

Date: 12-10-2014 and 08-11-2015

Beautiful close ups.. Nice set .. Thanks ... for sharing..

Delhi, roadside, today. (26.4.09)
Quite a slim twiner. 
Flowers very small. 
Request ID.
It is Boerhavia erecta.
Thank you for the prompt response. After ID by you, I saw Dineshji photo at 
Any medicinal values?
... friends, consider Commicarpus chinensis (synonyms: Boerhavia chinensis, Boerhavia repanda, Valeriana chinensis)
This species 'Commicarpus chinensis' is mentioned on page 273 of Illustrated Flora of Keoladeo National Park by VP Prasad, Daniel Mason, Joy E. Marburger, CR Ajith Kumar.
Nice pix on both the URLs.
I agree with you ..., this should be Commicarpus chinensis. Why is there so much variations even in botanical names, which are supposed to be standard? 
If we have to popularise 'plant watching and identification' there should be concerted efforts to bring out a consolidated list of common English names.

Date/Time- Sep 2010
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Chandagal, Mysore district
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild, inside thick bush, Farm fence
Height/Length- 90 cms, 
Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- ~Pale pink, ~ 0.5cms
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- No

Boerhavia fruiticosa from Nyctaginaceae
Leaves are not seen in this picture.
Here are the leaf photographs ...
The leaves are opposite, mango shaped, approx 4cms length, soft, smooth surface. I think this plant is a climber.
2 images.

Yes, the ID is correct but the name is now changed to Commicarpus chinensis.

Current name of this plant is Commicarpus chinensis

Please help to identify this herb found on the shady location of scrub jungle (closer to a stream). I also noticed this herb over agricultural lands in Coimbatore and also adjoining Erode district of TN.


15-12-2009 / 03:00 PM

Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- 

Satyamangalam WLS; Scrub; ca. 400msl

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- 

wild; also seen in fallow land

Plant Habit-



Up to 1 metre

Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- 

cordate-ovate; up to 5cm long

Inflorescence Type/ Size- 

cyme; polypetalae member

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- 

light pink coloured; 1 -2cm across

Species of Boerhavia ????????????
Yeah, looks like
Most probably the diffuse hogweed, Commicarpus chinensis {syn.: Boerhavia chinensis, Boerhavia repanda, Valeriana chinensis)
I will support ... regarding the ID.
Commicarpus chinensis (Linnaeus) Heimerl in Engler & Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., ed. 2. 16c: 117. 1934. [FAMILY: Nyctaginaceae]
Valeriana chinensis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl. 1: 33. 1753; Boerhavia chinensis (Linnaeus) Rottbøll; B. repanda Willdenow. 
Herbs perennial. Stems thick, branches spreading, to 1 m, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. Petiole 1-3 cm, pubescent; leaf blade triangular-ovate or cordate-ovate, 3-6 × 2.5-5 cm, chartaceous, glabrous or abaxially strigose, veins 3-4 pairs, base truncate or subcordate, margin undulate, apex acuminate or acute. Umbels axillary or terminal; peduncle 2-4 cm. Pedicel 3-7 mm. Perianth tube ca. 2 mm, with few protuberances; Perianth limb pink, funnelform, 6-8 mm, deciduous. Stamens 2-4. Ovary elliptic. Stigma peltate. Fruit obconic, 6-7 mm, longitudinally 10-ribbed, with minute glands. Fl. and fr. Jun-Sep.

Request ID of this small wild flower. Pic taken in Srirangapatna-13-11-09.

Appears to be Boerhavia fruiticosa recently posted by me.
One interesting feature I observed that the Stamens and carpels were straight projecting out during morning while they were in  the coiled manner when I saw them in the late afternoon and evening.Attaching one morning and other evening picture.
2 images.
This should be Diffuse Hogweed (Commicarpus chinensis) with synonyms:
Boerhavia chinensis, Boerhavia repanda, Valeriana chinensis

Yes the new name is Commicarpus chinensis

Saw today (14.11.09) morning in Pune.
Appears to be Boerhavia fruiticosa.
Features observed. Climbing shrub; Opposite leaves; Flowers in umbels; funnel shaped;1cm pink; Stamens 3 style 1.
Kindly validate.
Yes, the ID is correct but the name is now changed to Commicarpus chinensis
Please help in plant ID. - indiantreepix | Google Groups (mixed thread): 1 correct image as above.
Please help in plant ID.

Request kind-hearted expert and experienced botanists to ID this wild creeper from Haryana.
May 09.
Since no kind-hearted expert or experienced botanist seems to be available now, you have to kaam-chalaao with a kind-hearted layman. :-) To me this looks like Diffuse Hogweed (Commicarpus chinensis
It should start flowering in the next month or so.
ID30122011phk1: 3 images.
Id please
Herb with pink-red stem at Dholavira, Gujrat
14Dec, 2011

Isnt that Boerhavia?
Boerhavia diffusa
You please upload the habit picture atleast with a leaf for confirmation the ID. B. diffusa or B. chinensis.
Yes picture of Habit is required to find whether B. diffusa or B. chinensis.
I think close to images at Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. rather than those at Boerhavia diffusa L.
Boerhavia verticillata: I'd confirm : 5 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 mb and 3 mb. 
Boerhavia verticillata

Attachments (2)- 3 mb and 3 mb. 

I think more closer to images at Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. compared to those at Commicarpus helenae (J. A. Schult.) Meikle (syn: Boerhavia verticillata Poir.)

Without the examination of flowers and fruits it is difficult to arrive at the correct ID 

Flowers and there arrangements are visible in one of the images.
Boerhavia repanda: I'd confirm : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 3 mb and 2 mb. 
Location gujarat
Date 28.7.2018
Boerhavia repanda

Thanks, Kirat ji.
We have three Boerhavia repanda as below:
I think only Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. has distribution in your area and appears close as per images and details herein.
what is its gujarati name and ayurvedic name. if used by local rabaris or village people: what do they call it?
did you get any flowers in spring or summer? or in varsha???
Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park Jodhpur
Date: October 24, 2018 ... Altitude: about 300 m (980 feet) asl  
¿ Mollugo pentaphylla ?  
Dear friends, I think the plant is Mollugo pentaphylla; please help validate. The leaves in the photos, I think, belong to another plant growing in same space.

Thanks ..., you are correct about this plant not being Mollugo.
One of my flickr contacts suggested Commicarpus verticillatus (Poir.) Standl.
Hoping this ID gets validated.

not Mollugo

I was going to suggest Commicarpus Species.

Thanks ... for suggesting / validating the ID to genus.

Yes. Appears so as per 

Appears close to Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. as per comparative images at Commicarpus

Thanks very much, ... for the ID.
Yes it does appear to be Commicarpus chinensis.
Will label my pictures in flickr accordingly.

Looks like the name Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Rottb. has regained acceptance, at least looks so in The Plants List, and Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. is now considered as its synonym. Please validate.

As per your given link, 'The record derives from WCSP (in review) (data supplied on 2012-03-23).'
So it is better to reply on Catalogue of life.

Thank you very much, ... Will go by Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim.
Hampi, KA :: Small herb with pink flowers for ID :: ARK2020-053 : 8 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (2)- around 600 kb each. 
Saw this small herb with beautiful pink flowers in the ancient ruins complex in Hampi, KA in October 2019.
Based on efi pics, I think this is Commicarpus chinensis.
Requested to please provide ID.

Jacquemontia sp.??
Commicarpus/ Boerhavia for sure. No idea about the Species.
Yes. it is Commicarpus chinensis (L.) Heim. syn: Boerhavia chinensis (L.) Asch. & Schweinf.
Exactly It's ...,  I too concur with you,
The ID looks O.K. Nevertheless, please check for Boerrhavia species also (as there are eco-varieties in Boerrahavia) for finalising ID.

Pl id purple flower enroute lonar lake : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)- 2 mb. 
Pl id the flower near lonar lake ,maharashtra, February 
Boerhavia chinensis,
Yes Boerhavia sps for sure.

Yes, Boerhavia chinensis !!