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:
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 for id from Shimla -NS SEP 13 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6).
Please suggest the id of this shrubby species, recorded from Shimla…
Is this again Daphne papyracea ??
I think yes
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).
HP, Oct 2014 :: Requesting ID validation -Daphne (?) :: ARKJAN-06 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
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 see This … Should be Daphne papyracea..
Yes Daphne payracea Syn: D. cannabina.
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.
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
22 March 2015
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 papyracea. Have 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 ?
Daphne papyraceae ?
Yes, it does look like Daphne papyraceae – Indian 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).
Daphne papyracea, I think.
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)
Many thanks for confirming this as well as resurfacing this mail.
SK1099 23 APR-2018 : 7 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Godawari, Nepal
Date: 18 April 2018
Altitude: 5000 ft.
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
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.
14.11.10SP 12 :
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
Location: Phulchoki, Lalitpur, Nepal
Date: 11 March 2023
Elevation: 1586 m.
Habit : Wild
Maybe as per images at