Microcos paniculata L., Sp. Pl. 1: 514 514 1753. (Syn. Microcos nervosa (Lour.) S.Y. Hu; (=) Fallopia nervosa Lour.; (≡) Grewia microcos L.; (=) Grewia nervosa (Lour.) Panigrahi) as per GRIN;
¿ my-kro-KOS ? — from the Greek mikros (small), and kos (ornament)
pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh — referring to the flower clusters (panicles)
commonly known as: microcos, panicled Indian linden • Assamese: pisoli, thengprenkeorong • Bengali: আসার asar • Garo: borsubret, bolchibins • Hindi: शिरल shiral • Kannada: ಅಭ್ರಂಗ abhranga • Khasi: dieng sohdkhar, dieng sohlienghadem • Konkani: असळी asali, चिवरा chivra • Malayalam: കൊട്ടക്ക kottakka • Marathi: हसोळी hasoli, शिरळा shirala • Tamil: தடம் tatam, விசாலம் visalam ;
Native of: s China, Indian Subcontinent, Indo-China, Malesia

Erect bushy shrubs. Young stem, petioles, peduncles and calyx densely stellate pubescent. Leaves 6-18 x 3-5.5 cm, elliptic-oblong or ovate-lanceolate, base rounded or cordate, margins subentire to serrulate, apex acute to acuminate, densely stellate hairy when young, glabrous on ageing except the nerve on both sides, 3-ribbed; petioles upto 1 cm long. Flowers in axillary and terminal panicles; pedicels c. 1 mm long; bracts 5-6 mm long, linear-lanceolate. Sepals 5, free, 4-6 mm long, oblong-obovate, tomentose without. Petals 5, yellow, 2-3 mm long, ovate. Stamens many; filaments 3-4 mm long. Ovary c. 1 mm across, globose, 2-4-celled; ovules 2 in each cell. Drupe 6-10 mm across, globose, purple on ripening. Seeds 1-2. 

Flowering and fruiting: August-April
Semi-evergreen forests, sacred groves and scrub jungles
Tropical Asia
(Attributions- Dr. N Sasidharan (Dr. B P Pal Fellow), Kerala Forest Research Institute, Peechi



Malvaceae week : Grewia nervosa: Sharing some pictures of this plant taken from Amba ghat. Maharashtra.

Request identification of this tree from Tungareshwer. The leaves are alternately arranged. Flowers and fruits not seen.

This is a species of Grewia possibly G nervosa [G.microcos]

It is Microcos paniculata.

Yes … and … both are correct

Unknown tree from Assam : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (7).

Attached images are unknown tree collected from Assam. Please ID the plant  
Date :04.06.2014
Location: Assam
Family : ??
Genus & species : ??
Habitat: Grows wild on hill slopes.

Habit: Tree

Microcos paniculata L. [Malvaceae /earlier in Tiliaceae]


Microcos paniculata  : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2).

Microcos paniculata

small tree

yeoor hills thane -Mumbai, Maharashtra. 2014 June



Grewia serrulata : 6 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (4).

Grewia serrulata

karnala june 2014

It is Grewia nervosa, which shows yellow flower and unlobed drupes.. Grewia serrulata having white coloured flower and drupe is two lobed.
I too think that this is G nervosa, after looking at shape of the leaves and flower of both the species. It was troubling me earlier.
G. serrulata does have yellow flowers sometimes and unfortunately the drupes are not formed yet.

On the next visit to Karnala I shall surely visit the tree again to look at the drupes.

This is Microcos paniculata L. 

Syn: Grewia microcos L.
Grewia nervosa (Lour.) Panigr.

Flowers terminal and subtended in 3 involucre bract.

For ID SN Nov 30  : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Shrub, wild from Coorg area of Karnataka

Isn’t it Grewia microcos?

Yes, you are correct … It is unique in having entire (unlobed) fruit.

Yes …, … is correct, it is Microcos paniculata L. (=Grewia mirocos L.).

Attached images are Grewia nervosa (Lour.) Panigrahi from Assam.

Grewia nervosa at CBD hills, Navi Mumbai.
Family: Tiliaceae

Bot. name: Grewia microcos
Family: Tiliaceae
Date/Time: 12-06-2010 / 09:30AM
Location: CBD Belapur hills, Navi Mumbai
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Tree


Malvaceae fortnight :: Grewia nervosa :Amba ghat: SMP36 : 1 post by 1 author. 2 images.

Grewia nervosa

Amba ghat


Grewia nervosa

Amba ghat

I would like to call Microcos paniculata!!

VZT5-24/1/17 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)

Location- Daouli, Dapoli, MH
Habitat- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree
Height-10 meter

May be Grewia nervosa

Yes it is Microcos paniculata (=Grewia nervosa).


Plants from Northeast Tour 2017- Tree for id from Guwahati : 10 posts by 5 authors. Attachments (5)
Please suggest id for this tree recorded from Sandubi Lake, near Guwahati.
Thanks … for your company and a wonderful short trip through dense forests..

Looks like some Grewia sp.. Nice pics …

Thanks … for your inputs, I think this is planted there, along periphery of the lake.. flowering was almost over..!!

This is Grewia nervosa (Lour.) Panigrahi (efi thread). Though it is planted surrounding the lake CHANDUBI (not Sandubi) but I found it in wild habitat. Thanks … for remembering.

Thanks a lot … for id..

I hope the accepted name should be Microcos paniculata L. Please see this

Yes, it is Microcos paniculata L.

Beautiful pictures, Thank you for sharing.

Please check Grewia paniculata.


Malvaceae week :: Microcos paniculataMicrocos paniculata L.
¿ my-kro-KOS ? — from the Greek mikros (small), and kos (ornament)
pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh — referring to the flower clusters (panicles)
[image: Microcos paniculata]<efi thread>
Jul 17, 2010 at Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary
commonly known as: microcos, panicled Indian linden • *Assamese*: pisoli, thengprenkeorong • *Bengali*: আসার asar • *Garo*: borsubret, bolchibins • * Hindi*: शिरल shiral • *Kannada*: ಅಭ್ರಂಗ abhranga • *Khasi*: dieng sohdkhar, dieng sohlienghadem • *Konkani*: असळी asali, चिवरा chivra • *Malayalam*: കൊട്ടക്ക kottakka • *Marathi*: हसोळी hasoli, शिरळा shirala • *Tamil*: தடம் tatam, விசாலம் visalam
Native of: s China, Indian Subcontinent, Indo-China, Malesia
[image: Hasoli (Marathi: हसोळी)]<efi thread>…
Jun 18, 2011 at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
[image: Microcos]<efi thread>…
Jun 19, 2011 at Yeoor Hills (part of sanjay Gandhi National Park)
… more views:


Konkan, May 2014 :: Requesting ID of this shrub :: 05JUN014 :: ARK-11 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (6).

Requesting to please ID this shrub captured near Devgad, Maharashtra in May 2014.

Grewia nervosa, Tiliaceae to me

Synonyms: Microcos paniculata

Agree with … Now called Microcos paniculata [Grewia microcos]. Sending some of my photographs. The last few were taken to showcase the stipules as previously requested by …

Beautiful pictures. … I am interested in stipules of Grewia asiatica and Grewia tiliifolia.


SGNP near Kahneri Caves-Mumbai Aug’09?; 12-06-2010: CBD Belapur hills, Navi Mumbai; at Sawantwadi, Mah. in Sep.’10; Microcos paniculata L. – efloraofindia | Google Groups Grewia microcos from CBD hills – efloraofindia | Google Groups

29May 2010- Amba ghat. Hill station; 12-06-2010 / 09:30AM: CBD Belapur hills, Navi Mumbai; Candolium, North Goa near Fort Auguada in 1st week of Aug,10;

Some plants from North Goa – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Grewia microcos from CBD hills – efloraofindia | Google Groups

Observing this shrub in Goa, seems very common all over the forest areas of Goa.
It is in flowering now.
Shrub height-12-15 feet
Area of observation-Forests of North Goa
Observation time-June 2021
Kindly help in identification.

Grewia species.

Grewia asiatica

It is actually Microcos paniculata .. Hasoli in Malvani language.. fruits are edible

Yes. I concur with …  Its earlier name or syn. Grewia microcos. In Kannada it is known as Pitla kayi. I have seen this in Western Ghats near Shimoga.

I too agree with Microcos paniculata



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