Daphne papyracea Wall. ex Steud., Nomencl. bot. ed. 2, 1:483. 1840 (syn: Daphne mairei Leveille; (=) Daphne odora auct.; Daphne papyrifera Buch.-Ham. ex Meissn. (ambiguous synonym));
1500-2300 m; Himalaya (Kashmir to Nepal) as per Checklist of Nepal;
W. Himalayas, Western Nepal, N. Uttar Pradesh, Simla, W. Pakistan as per Flora of Pakistan
China (Hunan, Hubei, Guandong, Guanxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Yunnan), Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Kachin), Nepal, Pakistan (Hazara, Murree), Jammu & Kashmir (Poonch, Kashmir, Jammu), Pakistani Kashmir (Mirpur) as per Catalogue of Life;
Keys after studying all posts in efi site and various literature like Flora of China:
Daphne bholua Buchanan-Hamilton ex D. Don:
Margin sometimes slightly revolute and/or undulate, apex acute, rarely acuminate or obtuse.
Inflorescences terminal or axillary.
Bracts paired, caducous, broadly lanceolate or oblong-ovate, 14-18 × ca. 4 mm, sericeous.
Calyx purplish red or pink at least abaxially.
Drupe black, ovoid.
Daphne papyracea Wallich ex G. Don:
Inflorescences terminal.
bracts caducous, ovate, 7-15 × 3-4 mm, sparsely sericeous.
Calyx white or greenish white.
Drupe red, ovoid-pyriform.
Common name: Indian Paper Plant, Indian paper tree, Nepali paper plant • Hindi: Satpura, Setburwa, Setburosa, Bhanchoi • Khasi: Ka dieng baiong • Nepali: बरुवा Baruvaa, लोक्ता Lokta ;

Piperaceae, Lauraceae and Thymelaeaceae Fortnight: Thymelaeaceae-Daphne papyracea ? from Chakrata -NS SEP 12 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Please suggest the correct id for the attached pics, recorded from Chakrata …
Is this Daphne papyracea ??


Please suggest the id of this shrubby species, recorded from Shimla…
Is this again Daphne papyracea ??

I think yes
Very good photographs

What shrub?/ABOCT13 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3).
I always thought these new growths to be sprouts of Rhododendrons. Their leaves are very similar in colour, texture and shape but today I saw white flowers on the plants. They are barely two feet off the ground. What am I looking at here?
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
15 October 2014

This can be Daphne payracea ..

Daphne papyracea for validation from Uttarakhand-GSDEC02 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Perhaps Daphne papyracea photographed from near Chopta and Ukhimath in Uttarakhand. Please validate.

efi page on Daphne papyracea 

If leaves are larger than 2 inches it should be D. papyracea. Other Daphne species have smaller leaves (less than 2 inches).

Requesting to please validate ID of this small plant captured near Dal Lake, Dharamshala, HP in October 2014.
I hope this is Daphne papyracea (based on a post of … last month).

Yes, it is…


ID_ J & K : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (2)
Please help in ID of this forest under-story herb from Rajouri ( J & K).

Please see This … Should be Daphne papyracea..

Yes Daphne payracea  Syn: D. cannabina.
Yields strong fibre and good quality paper. Indicator of Deodar- Cedrus deodara.


Daphne papyracea/ABMAR27 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1)
I must have shared pictures of the Indian Paper Plant with this group earlier but I could not find any reference in my records. This is a very common plant in the under storey along with Sarcococca saligna. I thought I will make an additional post to the previous ones but I cannot find those. So here it is stand alone with ripe berries.
Daphne papyracea 
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
22 March 2015 

Link to earlier thread

The plant uploaded seems to be Daphne papyracea

Daphne bushes are in flower now with their dark green leaves dappled in cedar pollen. I am sharing some photos from my walk on 9 October. 4 images.

A pleasure to see the flowers (and fruits) of Daphne papyraceaHave observed the foliage in forests. I know D.murconata from Kashmir.
Collet knew this under the name D.cannabina (there is a line drawing in ‘Flora Simlensis’) – see gives flower colour as white or lilac.
Stewart found this to be common in mesophytic forest from the Indus eastwards @ 2400-3000m.

Fruit for Id- ID02122016SH3 : 9 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Fruit for Id pl.
Location Mawphlang Sacred Forest, East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya
Date – 17.10.2016

Any other images ?

Attachments (1)

Daphne papyraceae ?

Yes, it does look like Daphne papyraceaeIndian Papaer Plant.

This is Daphne papyracea Wall. ex G. Don [Thymelaeaceae]

Fwd: Identification of plants collected from Kausani, Munsiyari, Nainital.- 3 : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
I have collected this plants from Nainital, Kaushani, Munsiyari. May I request you to kindly help me to identify this plant specimens. 

Daphne papyracea Wall. ex G. Don [Thymelaeaceae].

Thank you very much for your efforts.

Undershrub with white flower 221017 : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (3)
Wild undershrub with white flower, on the way to Pangu top (near pindari Way (Kathi)

Daphne papyracea (Thymelaeaceae).
Please see in eFI.

Daphne papyracea, I think.

Daphne papyracea


at a height of 1800 mtrs- Himachal– Oct’09?; Request for ID of HP FLORA PB130240 – efloraofindia | Google Groups


shrub for id, mm3 30 01 2012:

shiny leaves, short shrub
growing in the shade of oak trees
binsar wildlife sanctuary, near almora, uttarakhand
at 6,500 ft altitude
would very much apreciate an id

A Daphne sp. (may be D. oleoides)

Daphne papyracea

Many thanks for confirming this as well as resurfacing this mail.
I did think so after seeing Daphne bholla in Sikkim, but was not sure

SK1099 23 APR-2018 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location:  Godawari, Nepal  
Date: 18 April 2018
Altitude: 5000 ft.
Habit: Wild 
Daphne bholua Buch.-Ham. ex D.Don ??

I think it is D. papyracea

Same plant on 21 November 2018.
Daphne papyracea Wall. ex G.Don

Attachments (4)- around 550 kb each.

SK1852 21 April 2019 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)

Location:  Nagarjun Forest reserve, Kathmandu
Date: 20 April 2019
Elevation: 1662 m.
Habit : Wild
Daphne papyracea Wall. ex G.Don. ??

seems to resemble FOI picture of the berries

May be close as per images at

so which is it? do we have an expert? who can look at this case?

FoC says black drupes for D. bholua and Red drupes for D. papyraceae.

oh, ok


14.11.10SP 12 :
Pl. identify following  plant.
Date: 14.11.2010
place: Dalhousiae, Chamba district in Himachal Pradesh

I think this could be some species of Daphne, (Family: Thymeliaceae).

This can be Daphne oleoides

I think Daphne papyracea

Daphne papyracea Wall. ex Steud. (accepted name) ?? : 9 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Location : Shivapuri National Park, Nepal
Altitude:  7200 ft.
Date: 24 November 2012

To me leaves look much broader compared to leaves in various thread under Daphne papyracea

Could it be Daphne sureil W. W. Smith & Cave (accepted name) ??

This appears to be another genus which requires investigating further.  I have minimal familiarity with the genus other than Daphne mucronata in Kashmir.

Enumeration of Flowering Plants of Nepal lists D.sureil (which is an accepted name in ‘The Plant List’) and there is a pressed specimen in the Kew herbarium under this name but this says the Nepalese plants (of this species) need further study.
Flora of Bhutan has a key to the species of Daphne found in Bhutan & Sikkim.  D.papyracea is only known from Kashmir to Nepal.  D.sureil is described as similar to D.bholua but a larger shrub.
I cannot comment further at this stage.  Yet another genus I need to look at further……

Looks more close with images of this species at http://www.seidelbast.net/sureil.html

On scrutiny of all posts in efi along with eFloras, I feel it is more closer to details & images at Daphne papyracea Wall. ex Steud.

SK1907 11 May 2019 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 769 kb.
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Altitude: 2130 m.
Date: 8 May 2019
Habit : Wild

Yes. Should be Daphne papyracea as per comparative images and keys at Daphne


Daphne papyracea Wall. ex Steud.: 4 very high res. images.

Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal 
Date: 11 March 2023
Elevation: 1586 m.
Habit : Wild

Maybe as per images at


Daphne papyracea Wall. ex Steud.: 3 very high res. images.

Location: Godawari, Lalitpur
Date: 02 March 2024
Altitude: 1600m.

Habitat : Wild



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