Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 4(1): 44 44 1889. (Syn. Xolisma ovalifolia (Wall.) Rehder);
Oval Leaved Lyonia • Nepali: अंगेरी Angeri;

Kalatope tree id al010611:
Kalatope, Chamba 

Altitude 2100 mts
Habit herb
Habitat wild
Height 5-6 mts

It can’t be a herb. it is definitely a shrub. If it grows to a height of 15 feet as you have written it should be Vaccinium corymbosum L., the highbush blueberry or swamp bleberry.

Its Lyonia ovalifolia called as “Aniyar” in Kumaoni

Yes .., you are right
After re-look saw that although flowers in two look similar, ovary is inferior or sem-inferior in Vaccinium. It is clearly superior here, as found in Lyonia.

Pls validate

Very beautiful pics, thanks for id, I am adding few of mine pics of the same….

VoF Week :: DV :: 01 AUG 12 – 0845 :: tree along Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trail:
1 AUG 12
Govind Ghat – Ghangaria trailabout 6500 ft
Habitat: mountain slope
Habit: tree, about 10 – 12 m high; clusters of fruits can be seen – could not get close-ups.
… happy to know ID to genus level if these pictures help.

Looks like Large Leaf Dogwood- Cornus macrophylla  

Kindly check Ligustrum sp.

This not Cornus, it is Lyonia ovalifolia 


VOF Week: Tree for identification from the Trek:
This tree was shot from the river bank en route Ghanghariya to Gobind Ghat…help in id is required…..

It is Lyonia ovalifolia

Thanks a lot … …..actually this plant looked to me like Lyonia ovalifolia…which I had uploaded earlier from Chakrata…these are some of my earlier posted pics….hope these will help to conclude…the posted pics are from Chakrata area..

VoF Week: 19092012 BS 14 Tree sp -3 for id from the way to Ghangriya:
This tree sp was shot from midway between Ghangriya and Govindghat
Only this twig was shot and some we skipped Habit

My same upload has been identifies as Lyonia ovalifolia….

Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude


VOF Week: Tree for identification from the Trek:
This tree was shot from the river bank en route Ghanghariya to Gobind Ghat…help in id is required…..

It is Lyonia ovalifolia



Ericaceae (Incl. Vacciniaceae) Fortnight:: Lyonia ovalifolia from VOF-NS 02 : Attachments (4). 4 posts by 3 authors.
This one was a tree recorded from Gobind Ghat-Ghanghariya trek during VOF tour..
This was identified as Lyonia ovalifolia.. please validate/correct the id..

All live photos belong to Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude (Ericaceae)


This flower-laden small tree was shot from Chakrata area…
This is again submitted for confirmation.. I hope this is Lyonia ovalifolia

Yes it is L.ovalifolia which is common in temperate forests here.

… You correct: Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude–Ericaceae


Pieris ovalifolius (Wall.) D. Don. Fam: Ericaceae,
tree pepper from Ooty botanical garden, Tamilnadu

Santhanji, I was really glad to see this plant in Ooty Bot. garden (although planted & introduced). Still it is an interesting, as no wild species recorded from South India yet.
I am requesting you pl. see further distribution of this species in and around Ooty Bot. Garden or outside this area possible/not—-pl. close look at least 2-3 years….it will be an interesting work. Thank you for your report from Oooty bot. garden

Correct Name: Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude—Ericaceae (binomial will be italic)

Locally called ‘Aern’, wood of Lyonia ovalifolia (=Pieris ovalifolia) is used in making wedding altar.
This photograph clicked in Rupi Valley, Shimla district at altitude of 2100 m asl.

Nice photograps taken by …! Yes, correctly identified …

Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (4).
Date: 10 May, 2014
Location: Ranikot
Altitude : 7000 ft.

Beautiful photographs. Thanks a lot … for showing so many beautiful and unique plants of your region..

Thank you for the compliments. I seek your help to correct the ID if I have mistakenly identified the plants.

Another nice upload …this id seems okay to me…


Tree for ID: Himachal Pradesh : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1).
Please help me ID this tree.
Himachal Pradesh; between 1000-1500 msl;
A friend took this photo and he says that he has noticed this as often associated with Lyonia ovalifolia.

It should be lyonia ovalifolia

Thanks a lot … Great help! I appreciate that.

*Yet another tree for ID/ABDEC07 : 8 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4)

I apologise for putting in too many ID requests, but I have the energy today and I am sure you will excuse me. This tree has really gnarled trunk/bark with deep fissures running along its length. The leaves turn bronze in autumn.  The specimens around are mostly small to medium size.

Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
1750m approx.
03 December, 2014

Not really in good condition but I would suggest Prunus cornuta.

Thank you … I know autumn is not the best time to identify trees. I am attaching another photo of a green leaf I plucked from the tree today and it shows no fine-toothed margins. There were larger leaves than this but they were all bronze.
I also suspect it to be a prunus or pyrus. May be we need to wait till spring.
1 image.

Yes leaf looks different, but if you are sure it belongs to the same tree we may have to locate a tree with flowers in raceme, 5 fused carpels with superior ovary. Hope to get in soon.

To me it resembles to Lyonia ovalifolia (Ericaceae).

… suggestion that it could be Lyonia ovalifolia seems plausible. Today I photographed a small tree near home as reference. All leaves are in autumn plumage and half eaten…
2 images.

Yes. It is Lyonia ovalifolia Syn: Pieris ovalifolia locally known as ANYAR in Garhwal,

Most of these trees (there are aplenty here) are sprouting red leaf buds and stacks are emerging vertically from the older branches. We had discussed the possibility of this being the Lyonia ovalifolia. I will of course update when it flowers but here is how they look now.

14/22 Feb 2015
Above Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
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These are sprouting now with beautiful pink-green velvety leaves. We have agreed on Lyonia ovalifolia for this tree as the message track shows. Does it flower?

Lyonia ovalifolia
Mcleodganj, Dharamshala, HP
26 March 2015
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The tree is now almost covered in soft pink-green leaves and there is no sign of flowers. Here are a couple of photos of the very same tree taken on 6 April 2105
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It is pieris ovalifolia Syn: Lyonia ovalifolia, closely associated with Rhododendron—Buras.

Thank you very much … I am waiting for this tree to flower next month.

These trees are coming in flower now. In a couple of days I will post fully opened flowers hopefully.
1 image.

Pieris (Lyonia) ovalifolia!

Our Lyonias (L. ovalifolia) are in flower now and I photographed some today (2.5.16) and the day before yesterday. I still haven’t managed to be in front of the tree in the right light to have a wide shot, but hopefully I will soon. Here I am sharing some photographs.
4 images.

Small jewels through the eyes of … Simply marvellous.

These I believe are the seedpods on Lyonia ovalifolia that I photographed yesterday. Please advise.
1 image.

16122014GS2 a tree for ID from Uttarakhand-GSDEC09 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).
Please help in ID of this tree photographed from near Ukhimath in Uttarakhand.

Lyonia ovalifolia according to … on Indian Flora

I think the suggested id is very close..this can be Lyonia ovalifolia..

Tree for ID from Kausani, Uttarakhand-GSMAY2016/16 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Please help in the ID of this tree photographed from Kausani, Uttarakhand on April 15, 2012.  

Sir, Lyonia valifolia (Wall.) Drude (Ericaceae) to me.

Thanks a lot … You surely will increase my knowledge. The two groups of plants I dread (have very little knowledge) are orchids (you can count Kashmir orchids on your fingers) and trees (except few in Kashmir and Delhi).

I am still at infant stage to knowing the higher plant diversity of Uttarakhand. Yes, I am able to identify few species now, because of my Dissertation (2010), Ph.D. work (2016), voluntary guidance-cum-help by my well wishers and even from efi.
A have acknowledged the help in brief on my thesis i.e. “My thanks are due to the pillars, moderators and members of “efloraofindia Google e-group” for resolving the identification of many plant specimens uploaded by me, especially, Mr J.M. Garg (owner of the group)”. pp. ii.

That is so nice of you, …

wonderful. so when your thesis is defended and your degree awrded would you be sending parts of it for publication? would we privileged to see //read your write ups

Attaching flowering (not fully open flowers) twigs for the members.
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Tree for ID from Kausani Uttarakhand-GS14032022-5: 3 very high res. images.
Please help with the ID of this tree photographed from Kausani, Uttarakhand, 15-4-2012.

Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude ??

Yes, it should be Lyonia ovalifolia


Lyonia ovalifolia : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures of L. ovalifolia shot at Suryavinyak, Nepal on 10 May 2014 at  5000 ft.

Thanks, for the beautiful pictures.

Adding some pictures with fruiting of L. ovalifolia shot at Telkot, Nagarkot, Nepal on 30 july 2016 at 5500 ft.  Attachments (4)

Superb details!!!

SK677 26 JUL-2017:ID : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (6)
Location: Shivapuri National Park, Nepal
Altitude: 8200 ft.
Date: 22 July 2017

I think Ericaceae. Pl. Check comparative images at family page.

Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude  ???
Actually the plant was a little far and could not go closer. 

I also think matches with images at Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude


Identity requested . Meghalaya . 26.6.17 : 6 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)

Pl. check comparative images at Ericaceae page in efi.


Yes, I agree. Pl. Check comparative images at efi site.

Pl. Check comparative images at efi site at Lyonia

I think should be Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude only.


Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 500 kb each.
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal  
Date: 11 June 2018
Altitude: 6500 ft.
Habit : Wild


at kanatal (near chamba–garhwal himalayas, alt.  8500ft) on 280608.

flowering tree for id–080708 vkg 2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups


PM01 05 May 2022 id requested from Chail, Himachal Pradesh: 3 images.
Habit- a small tree found growing in Quercus leucotrichophora forest.
No flowering and fruiting observed

Habitat – sloppy places, scattered distribution
Location – Chail, H.P.
Date – April 2022

In the absence of flowers & fruits, mere guesswork hints toward Pieris ovalifolia (Anyar- UK) family Ericaceae

Seems like Lyonia ovalifolia

Lyonia ovalifoloia has been reported from this area earlier as well


Lyonia ovalifolia (Wall.) Drude: 4 high res. images.

Location: Barsha Tal, Dhorpatan, Baglung, Nepal 
Date: 31May 2023
Elevation: 2900 m.

Habit : Wild

Please send the close up image. This is blurring

I am not sure as per images at

Tree expert Dr. Lila nath Sharma is in the foreground!