kal-ee-KAR-puh or kal-ih-KAR-puh — beautiful seeded
mak-roh-FIL-uh — large leaf
French Mulberry of Western Ghats, perfumed cherry • Bengali: massandari • Gujarati: લતાપ્રિયંગુ latapriyangu • Hindi: बस्तरा bastara • Kannada: ಇಬ್ಬನಿ ibbani, ಱುಷಿಪತ್ರಿ rushipatri • Konkani: ऐंसर ayamsar • Lepcha: sungru muuk • Malayalam: ചെറുതേക്ക് cerutheekk, നായ്ക്കുബിശ് naaykkubis, നായ്ത്തേക്ക് naayththeekk • Marathi: ऐसर aesar, कानफुली kanphuli • Mizo: hnahkiah • Nepalese: गुएनलो guenlo • Sanskrit: प्रियङ्गु priyangu • Tamang: dahigun • Tamil: காட்டுக்குமிழ் kattu-k-kumil;
Native to: s China, Indian subcontinent, Indo-China
Leaf blades distinctly serrate, oblong or narrowly oblong-ovate; mature fruit white………C. macrophylla
Leaf blades entire, repand or minutely denticulate, broadly ovate; mature fruit purple……C. tomentosa 

Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Verbenaceae, Callicarpa macrophylla from Delhi:
Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl, Symb. bot. 3:13, t. 53. 1794
Common name: urn-fruit beauty-berry, photographed from Old Delhi Ridge, often grown as hedge

Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl, Symb. bot. 3:13, t. 53. 1794
Common nameurn-fruit beauty-berry
photographed from Old Delhi Ridge, often grown as hedge

Callicarpa macrophylla from Uttarakhand:
Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl (Verbenaceae), one of the beauty berry, is a frequent shrub in outer and middle Himalaya in Uttarakhand.
Locally known as “Daiyya“, the fruits are edible (sweet with pleasant aroma) and considered useful in curing mouth blisters. In Ayurveda the shrub is known as ‘Priyangu”.

Wild Bushes For ID : Kashmir : 201013 : AK-2 : Attachments (2). 4 posts by 3 authors.
These wild bushes were seen on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, overlooking the Baglihar Dam & Chenab river where we stopped for a meal.
Pictures taken on 6/9/2011.

You seem to be right … this can be Callicarpa macrophylla

Yes … You are right


Verbenaceae : Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3).

Date: 10 Aug, 2014
Location: Chitawan National Park, Nepal
Altitude :300 ft.

Fruits have a specific taste and are medicinal.


Lamiaceae (Incl. Verbenaceae) Fortnight: Callicarpa macrophylla-Uttrakhand-NS May 129/129 : 1 post by 1 author. Attachments (5)
This shrub was recorded from near Gobind Ghat in Uttrakhand..
Callicarpa macrophylla ..


VOF Week: Callicarpa tomentosa on way to Gobind Ghat from Rishikesh:
This was shot from the road-side wilderness while going up to Gobind Ghat from Rishikesh….Callicarpa tomentosa

I think it should be Callicarpa macrophylla as per keys & images herein.


oct2015sk01/01 – Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl.? : 7 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

I am not familiar with this genus, Callicarpa. I photographed these pics on 24-Sept-2015. I waited for flowers and today i noticed tiny pink flowers, possibly 4-merous (well, i am still doing without glasses, but time has come to get one!).
Unfortunately I didn’t have camera with me. Hope i will get flower pictures tomorrow. But, not guaranteed, for there were only two specimen, on the 24th last month, in a bamboo thicket whereas today there was only one. Because, this is the time when villagers collect fuelwood by removing all sorts of weeds.
It’s only 1.5 ft herb, may grow to a shrub if kept alive! There is scarcely any trunk, base is woody. Stem cannot be called 4-angled. Entire plant is woolly. Leaf blades are 15cm or more long, petiole around 2 cm.
Bengal Plants lists –
  1. C. arborea Roxb. = a tree in Bihar, N,. Bengal, Tirhut, Chittagong
  2. C. cana L. = a large shrub, often cultivated, occasionally naturalised in Central Bengal
  3. C. macrophylla Vahl. = 3-8 ft shrub, in all provinces
  4. C. longifolia Lam. var. lanceolaria = a shrub, Central Bengal, Tippera, Chittagong
Botany of Bihar & Orissa licts –
  1. C. arborea Roxb.
  2. C. macrophylla Vahl.
Thank you

These are the photographs i have recorded today. In the first pic 3 branches can be seen coming out from the ground level, each one around 2 ft. Not all leaves are opposite, instead a few leave at base region are alternate! Stem terete, leaves crenate, abaxially gray-stellate -tomentose, adaxially a little hairy Flowers are around 2.5 to 3 mm long.
I think it is C. macrophylla Vahl (ref. 1. Bengal Plants; 2. A taxonomic revision of the genus Callicarpa L. (Verbenaceae) in Australia / A. A. munir)
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Since I live in the USA I only have the Callicarpa americana in my garden. I use the leaves to repel insects and the fruit to make jelly.
I am not a botanist but please is there some reason why you did not include the C. tomentosa in your list of possibles? I hope it is permitted for me to post this link so you may see a C. tomentosa photo. https://commons.wikimedia.Callicarpa_Tomentosa_17

Thank you Madam, but of several C. tomentosa which one I’m supposed to search?

Thank you for the question. I do not use or trust “The Plant List” but I checked the link you provided at it shows only one C. tomentosa L. as the accepted name. The others listed are synonyms, three of which are illegitimate.
I prefer to trust “The Catalogue of Life” which is updated more frequently. Please check here and you will see only one C. tomentosa as the accepted name. http://www.catalogueoflife.org/callicarpa+tomentosa/1
The plant may be, as you say C. macrophylla, but since C. tomentosa L. is similar and is found in the Indian Subcontinent, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaya and the seeds are dispersed by birds the plant can spread quite easily. I had only wondered why it was not on your list of possibilities. http://www.flowersofindia.VelvetyBeautyBerry.html
Will you be able to photograph the fruit as the fruit color can also be useful to know.
I am not a botanist and I apologize if I have said too much.

I am also a non-botanist member.
Also, I think even an authentic site can have wrongly identified species. Our own group is an example (of course our moderators would tell you that all species id gets correctly identified eventually … it may even take a couple of years though!).
Interestingly the site, “Catalogue of Life” draws its reference from KEW database!
Now, something on C. tomentosa (L.) L. –

However, biotik description will tell you that the species I have submitted is not C. tomentosa (whatever it may be!).

This is what I get as “source database” of names. Attachments (1)

Callicarpa tomentosa ??? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (10)
Sharing some pictures of Callicarpa tementosa ??? for ID verification.
It is very confusing for me. All look similar to C. macrophylla ?? or some other???
Pictures were shot today at Mudkhu, Nepal at 5000 ft.

I think it should be Callicarpa macrophylla as per keys & images herein.


Adding fruiting images of same plant at same location.

Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl (accepted name)
Nepali Names : गुनेलो Gunelo / दहिचाउँले Dahichaaunle / दहिकाम्लो Dahikaamlo /प्रियंगु Priyangu
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PM 06 AUG-2017 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5)
Habit- Large herb, leaves ovate to elliptical in shape, abaxial surface pale white in colour
Habitat- Wild
Location- Chattbir Zoo, near Zirakpur, Panjab
Date- 06-08-2017

Perhaps Callicapa nudiflora

Callicarpa nudiflora

Pl. also check comparative images at genus page in efi site.

I think close to images at Callicarpa macrophylla as per comparative images at Callicarpa

SK884 26 NOV-2017:ID : 13 posts by 3 authors.
LocationKasara Resort Chitwan, Nepal
Altitude:  550 ft.
Date: 10 August 2014 
Callicarpa vestita Wall. ex C. B. Clarke  ??
Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl  ??

Adding one more image from same location !

I find these more closer to images at Callicarpa longifolia Lam. as per comparative images at Callicarpa

C. longifolia is not found listed in Nepal. Any idea for the elevation for this plant?

Also check references given at efi site link.

Could not get match to any synonyms as well in the Plant List
and the Catalogue of Life unless it is a new addition to Nepal.

As it was at resort, it may be cultivated also.

I think this is Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl

Nepali Names : गुनेलो Gunelo / दहिचाउँले Dahichaaunle / दहिकाम्लो Dahikaamlo / प्रियंगु Priyangu


CALLIARPA MACROPHYLLA : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Attached a collage of Callicarpa macrophylla with flowers and fruits.

VoF Week: Callicarpa tomentosa from Pipalkoti io the way to Joshimath:
Callicarpa tomentosa from Pipalkoti io the way to Joshimath
pls validate

Very good photographs … Thanks for sharing.

I think this should be Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl as per keys and comparative images at Callicarpa

Agree with …


plant id:
plz help me to identify this hedge plant. sited northren ridge delhi (in wild)

Callicarpa sp.

Plz check Laportea and Dedrocnide of Urticaceae also

I hope Calicarpa macrophylla

I too think it is Callicarpa sp…

Yes … I had photographed Callicarpa macrophylla from Ridge in Delhi


SK 3255 23 December 2021: 9 very high res. images.

Location: Surkhet, West Nepal
Altitude: 702m.
Date: 27 August 2021 
Habit : Wild
Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl??

Yes, appears to be Callicarpa macrophylla Vahl as per keys and comparative images at Callicarpa


For Id- Tripura, 11.06.23: 3 high res. images.
Posting again with proper subject from the post:
Please Identify this species

Tripura, 11.06.23

Viburnum cylindricum Buchanan-Hamilton ex D. Don ??

I think looks different as per images at

I think it is


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