Axonopus compressus – Blanket Grass

Other notes

Notes: Larval host plant for Potanthus pseudomaesa – Indian Dart (Nitin et al., 2018).
This plant has been reported as a larval host for Mycalesis perseus – Common Bushbrown from Philippines (HOSTS, 2023). It might be used in India, too, but this needs confirmation.



Nitin, R., V. C. Balakrishnan, P. V. Churi, S. Kalesh, S. Prakash, and K. Kunte. 2018. Larval host plants of the butterflies of the Western Ghats, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 10:11495–11550. DOI:

Molleman, F., S. Halali and U. Kodandaramaiah. 2020. Oviposition preference maximizes larval survival in the grass-feeding butterfly Melanitis leda (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). European Journal of Entomology, 117: 1-17. DOI:

HOSTS (2023) - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Accessed on 27 Jan 2023. URL:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 27 Jan 2023. URL:

Feedipedia (2023). Accessed on 27 Jan 2023. URL:

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. 2024. Axonopus compressus P.Beauv. – Blanket Grass. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL:, accessed 2024/07/16.