Girardinia diversifolia – Himalayan Nettle

Other notes

Note: A caterpillar of Acraea issoria – Yellow Coster was recorded feeding on this plant by Paresh Churi from Dzongu, Sikkim in Apr 2015, but the complete life cycle is yet to be recorded to confirm this as its larval host.
Potential larval host for Symbrenthia lilaea – Northern Common Jester (HOSTS, 2023).



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:

HOSTS (2023) - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Accessed on 17 Jan 2023. URL:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 17 Jan 2022. URL:

GRIN Taxonomy (2023). Accessed on 17 Jan 2022. URL:

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 17 Jan 2022. URL:

Page citation

Churi, P. and N. Kawthankar. 2024. Girardinia diversifolia (Link) Friis – Himalayan Nettle. 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 2024/07/15.