Olax imbricata Roxb., Fl. Ind., ed. 1820 1: 169 169 1820. (Syn. Fissilia psittacorum Blanco; Olax loranthiformis Griff.; Olax lucida Heyne; Olax merguensis Planch. ex Mast.; Olax multiflora Ridl.; Olax obtusa Bl.; Olax rosea Ridl.; Olax seminifera Valeton; Olax sphaerocarpa Griff.; Olax wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn.; Olax wightiana var. bracteata Mast.; Olax wightiana var. nigrescens Gamble; Olax zeylanica Wall.; Pseudaleia imbricata (Roxb.) Hassk. ex Valeton; Pseudaleia longistylis Hassk.; Ximenia olacoides Wight & Arn.);
China (Hainan), Taiwan, Myanmar [Burma] (Ayeyarwady, Mon, Rakhine, Taninthayi), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Java (incl. Madura Isl.), Sri Lanka, India (Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu), Andamans (Middle Andamans, South Andamans), Nicobars (Car Nicobar Isl., North Nicobars, Central Nicobars, Great Nicobar Isl., Little Nicobar Isl.), Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi (incl. Kabaena Isl., Buton Isl.), Philippines, Lesser Sunda Isl., Lesser Sunda Isl. (Flores, Sumbawa, Alor, Timor), Moluccas (Sulu Arch., Tanimbar, Kei Isl.), New Guinea, Solomons, peninsular Malaysia (widespread), +Singapore, Micronesia (Pohnpei), Palau Isl. (Koror, Urukthapel) as per Catalogue of Life;
— smelling; referring to plants’ odorous nature
A Latin Dictionary
im-brih-KAY-tuh — shingled, overlappingDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: south Asian olax • Assamese: চেলকনা chelkana, কপহুৱা kapahua • Kannada: ಗೋಪುರಕಾಯಿ gopurakaayi, ಸರಳಿಬಳ್ಳಿ saraliballi • Malayalam: മന്നൻകോരൻ കൊടി mannankoran-kodi • Marathi: कुकुर्बिट kukurbit • Tamil: வண்டதுளுகு vandathuluk
Names compiled / updated at https://dineshvalke.blogspot.com/2023/12/olax-imbricata-roxb.html


Requesting ID for this Climbing Shrub from CBD Belapur Hills (Navi Mumbai).
Leaves alternate, Shining and with petioles of approx 7- 8mm. Flowers creamy white, mild fragrant.
Date / Time: 16-02-2011 / 12:30PM
Location: CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai
Habitat: Wild
Plant Habit: Shrub

– This is an species of Olax, possibly O.imbricata. Have seen Olax psittacorum [O.scandens] on the other side of the quarry at C.E.C., Goregaon.

– I recollect this plant posted some time back. …  is right, it is Olax imbricata Roxb. of Olacaceae.


Id please
A shruby climber, Leaves alternate
29 Mar,2011
At Phansad WLS, Maharashtra

Any lemon?

Olax imbricata i think.

Fruit size is smaller than this when I googled: http://www.flowersofindia.SouthAsianOlax.html

The picture in the FoI link looks more like Olax scandens to me. Let’s wait for more responses.

Names of Plants in India :: Olax imbricata Roxb. : 7 images. 6 posts by 4 authors.
via Species‎ > ‎O‎ > ‎  Olax imbricata Roxb. … family: Olacaceae 

Flowers of India Discussions at efloraofindia more views in flickr more views on Google Earth
OH-laks — smelling; referring to plants’ odorous natureA Latin Dictionary
im-brih-KAY-tuh — shingled, overlappingDave’s Botanary
commonly known as: south Asian olaxMarathi: कुकुर्बिट kukurbit
botanical names: Olax imbricata Roxb. … synonyms: Olax wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn. • Ximenia olacoides Wight & Arn. … Flora of China
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Photographed at Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary on 23 FEB 13
… more views on the same day, at same place:
… more views of the same plant (at same place), on another day – 20 APR 13:

Very good pictures …
A different family too; Olacaceae which I blindly read as Oleaceae initially.

Thank you very much … Yes, a new family for me too with only two Olax species in collection.

WoW… very nice pictures … this is an important plant to me as it is Larval Host Plant of Leaf Blue butterfly… I ll search for this plant in Yeoor hills…. as I see this butterflythere very often. Thnx for sharing beautiful pics.

… would like to add query to this post.
Though this plant is known to be distributed in Indo-Malesian region, not much about it is discussed on internet. I am not sure of its distribution in India. Keen to know about its common names in Konkani, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu.

Nice Find and good photographs. I remember spotting Olax sp. at CBD Belapur Hills. Kindly have a look at link.

OL-aks — smelling; referring to plant’s odorous nature … Wikipedia
im-brih-KAY-tuh — shingled, overlapping … Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: south Asian olax • Assamese: চেলকনা chelkana, কপহুৱা kapahua • Kannada: ಗೋಪುರಕಾಯಿ gopurakaayi, ಸರಳಿಬಳ್ಳಿ saraliballi • Malayalam: മന്നൻകോരൻ കൊടി mannankoran-kodi • Marathi: कुकुर्बिट kukurbit • Tamil: வண்டதுளுகு vandathuluku

botanical namesOlax imbricata Roxb. … heterotypic synonymsOlax wightiana Wall. ex Wight & Arn. … and more at POWO, retrieved 14 December 2023

Bibliography / etymology
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~~~~~ ENGLISH ~~~~~
written and spoken widely, in most parts of India
south Asian olax
  • name coined by Flowers of India, for want of name – suggesting the distribution of this plant in the world
~~~~~ ASSAMESE ~~~~~
written in: Assamese (অসমীয়া) … spoken in: Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya
চেলকনা chelkana, কপহুৱা kapahua
  • Many thanks to Farmer Tridip Gogoi and Monoj Nath for help with these names … facebook
~~~~~ KANNADA ~~~~~
written in: Kannada (ಕನ್ನಡ) … spoken in: Karnataka
ಗೋಪುರಕಾಯಿ gopurakaayi, ಸರಳಿಬಳ್ಳಿ saraliballi
~~~~~ MALAYALAM ~~~~~
written in: Malayalam (മലയാളം) … spoken in: Kerala
മന്നൻകോരൻ കൊടി mannankoran-kodi
~~~~~ MARATHI ~~~~~
written in: Devanagari (मराठी) … spoken in: Maharashtra, Karnataka
कुकुर्बिट kukurbit
  • Further Flowers of Sahyadri by Shrikant Ingalhalikar, the second among the three field guides to identify plants of northern Western Ghats of India, based on flowers
~~~~~ TAMIL ~~~~~
written in: Tamil (தமிழ்) … spoken in: Tamil Nadu, Andaman & Nicobar Islands
வண்டதுளுகு vandathuluku
*Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Assam, *Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, *Uttar Pradesh, *West Bengal

* no given name / no name found, in the regional language(s) of the state

~~~~~ Last updated: 15-12-2023 ~~~~~

Id Plz , SR1 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)

Can any one help me id this plant
Location : Amboli MH
Photographed : Feb. 15

Olax imbricata Roxb of Olacaceae.

ID19042015phk 2 : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

Id Please
Another similar looking shruby climber from Phansad WLS
Fruit is not edible and bigger in size

Olax imbricata if the fruits are 3 cm long.

Olax imbricata Family Olacaceae

ID19042015PHK 1 : 5 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (2)

A shruby climber at Phansad WLS
Fruit is edible

Dont know but am sure … knows or … interesting cases
i personally would love to know what they are, when do they flower etc

Not met you for a long time. This is Olax psittacorum [previously O.scandens]. The other one could also be the same.

I see. This species also occurs in the Andamans and Nicobars.

Thanks, …

Olax psittacorum is critically endangered & is not found in India. Pl. see:

I think more closer to images at Olax imbricata


Id140508phk : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Pl. id following small climbing shrub,
fruits are edible and sweat to taste.
Photographed at Sagargad Alibag (M.S)

It is an Olax sp. possibly Olax psittacorum [O.scandens].

I could hardly find any inf. on net. Here is a link I found: http://zipcodezoo.com/Plants/O/Olax_psittacorum.asp

Thanks, …

Olax psittacorum is critically endangered & is not found in India. Pl. see:

Thanks …
According to Dr. Almeida’s ‘Flora of Maharashtra’, Vol. 1, pages 235 – 236, two species of Olax are found in Maharashtra.
1. Olax imbricata – a large much branched unarmed scandent shrub or small tree with 2 cm. drupes oblong or subglobose, covered except at the top by the accrescent calyx. It is found at Amboli, Khandala, Mumbra, Pune, Tungar & Khopoli.
2. Olax psittacorum [previously O.scandens] a climbing, much branched shrub armed with slightly curved stout prickles on the old woody branches. It bears drupes which are globose, 9 mm in diam., apiculate, covered except at the top by the accrescent calyx. It is seen at Amboli, Khandala, Mumbra, Satpuda, Aurangabad & near Nagpur.

Thanks, … But none of the sources at Olax supports this. Pl. check for yourself.

When was Dr. Almeida’s ‘Flora of Maharashtra’, Vol. 1, published ?- Was it in 1996 ?

Thanks … for the information.
Would like to have … put his thoughts too. He has covered Olax psittacorum in his books.

Just spoke to …

– 3 species of Olax occur in India.
– the 2 species found in Maharashtra are O.imbricata & O.psittacorum.
– a third species, a herb [whose name he could not offhand remember] is found in North India.  

Thanks, … I will request you to pl. go through the links at Olax (Pl. click)

I think more closer to images at Olax imbricata


Fruiting tree for ID:
Uploaded by Darshan Ambre on Indian Flora on Facebook, ID solicited for this fruiting tree of Sanjay Gandhi National Park

looks like Ficus benjamina 

It is not Ficus, for sure. Please check for species of Drypetes

is it mimosups elengi…bakul?

this is not mimosups elengi

Ficus benjamina

the photo of the fruiting tree you posted on eflora of India is Olax imbricata. It’s actually more of a rambling/climbing shrub. The fruits are sweet and edible.


Malayalam names of Olax imbricata Roxb.:

Please help with the Malayalam name of Olax imbricata Roxb.
Reference: Kerala Plants

The Malayalam spelling is മന്നാംകോരൻ കൊടി




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