Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne., Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. sér. 2, 6:65. 1836 (Syn: (=) Osyris abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich. ;  (=) Osyris arborea Wall. ex DC.; (=) Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud. ex DC.; (=) Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight) as per GRIN;
Algeria, Angola, Baleares, Botswana, Burundi, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, China South-Central, China Southeast, Djibouti, East Himalaya, Eritrea, Free State, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesotho, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Northern Provinces, Portugal, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tibet, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe as per POWO;
China (Guangxi, Sichuan, Yunnan), Tibet, Bhutan, Cambodia, India (Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu), Sikkim, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma] (Chin, Mandalay, Sagaing), N-Thailand as per Catalogue of Life (Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight );
commonly known as: wild tea • Garhwal: dalmia • Kannada: paral • Kumaon: dalmia • Malayalam: പുല്ലുരുവി pulluruvi, വെള്ളചന്ദനം vellacandanam • Marathi: चिमट chimat, लोटळ lotal, पोपली popali • Nepalese: jhuri, नुण्ढिकि nundhiki • Tamil: paral ;

A shruby tree with thick leaves.
At Rajgad, Pune

– May be Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne.<http://www.tropicos.org/Name/28500008> from Santalaceae.




Plant for ID ::Oct 2011 SMP1:
A mid sized shrub 6-8feet height ?may be a tree
Very tiny green flowers with yellowish tinge.
Growing wild.
Faintly remember….being called as Chimat as local name(?)

Here is same plant at different location. ..Nanivali Mulshi Near Pune.

The characters are better appreciated here hopefully
Leaves alternate apex mucronate. Size 3-4 cm elliptic ovate.
Flowers single axillary with long peduncle.
A nice orange berry fruit is also observed.

This was on the banks of Mulshi dam reservoir. Close to where Hewittia was spotted.

Scutia myrtina (family: Rhamnaceae) goes with the name chimat … not sure if this plant is same.

As per Flora of China, the leaves of Scutia myrtina is opposite.

this is Osyris quadripartita Salz. ex Decne from Santalaceae

A new addition from Family Santalaceae in my database.
Osyris lanceolata is the accepted name and Osyris quadripartita is a synonym  as per “The plant list”

yes Osyris lanceolata, a beautiful shrub, very common in the place sited above.


Shrub for Id from Shimla-2010:

This looks like Osyris lanceolata of Santalaceae.
I am not aware about its presence in the said region though.
I have uploaded similar plant from western ghats earlier.

Can this plant be Osyris arborea as has been reported from the area, as per Flora Simlensis (page 442). I am attaching the illustration of this plant from the same flora for reference…

Osyris arborea is a synonym of Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud., according to “the plant list”. Even Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne., that is described in Flora of China (http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=123377) is also a Synonym of O. lanceolata

It is osyris arborea



Gori Valley Tour 2012: Osyris lanceolata for validation:
One more from the tour.. I hope this is Osyris lanceolata…. Santalaceae, shot from near Kasauni… please validate/correct.

Thanks … for showing another plant.


Osyris quadripartita:
Fruiting of Osyris quadripartita
At Lonaavala, Maharashtra
09 Dec,2012

Id Plzz:
plz Id this shrub
it is found at Amboli Sindhudurg MH last week (19.12.12).

This looks like Osyris lanceolata of Santalaceae.

Nice capture of the cute little flower … Osyris lanceolata indeed as identified by …


identification no 050113sn1:
Happy New Year to All! Kindly Identify this plant. My guess Osyris quadripartita(Wild Tea).

location:ambyvalley rd.mulshi,pune
plant habit:shrub?
height:about 4 ft.

Affirmative. It looks like Osyris quadripartita. Sending a few photographs.

ANOCT14 Osyris sp. for Id :  4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6).

Nandi Hills
1st October 2014

I think the only species of Osyris from India: Osyris quadripartita

As per Flora of India vol-23 (page-61-62) we have only one species of Osyris which is O.quadripartita (now known as O.lanceolata in TPL 2013). Here the pics show only male flowers which are born in axillary peduncled clusters. Female flowers or bisexual flowers are solitary axillary. However, leaves seems variable in the species as these are little different from the plants here in Uttarakhand.
Despite of variability it is O. lanceolata.

Thank you very much sir. I had only seen the female flowers until.


Osyris quadripartita—-for sharing and validation : 4 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (1).
Pic of Wild Tea, taken at ambyvalley rd., lonavala, pune in April14

Yes O.quadripartita now Osyris lanceolata Hoschst. & Steud. (Santalaceae). Please check also in eFI page.

Yes This is Osyris quadripartita.

Osyris lanceolata ATJULY2016/01 : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)
Osyris lanceolata
Synonyms: Osyris arborea, O. quadripartita, O.  abyssinica, O.
parvifolia, O. wightiana

Near Shimla Airport
July 2016

Although many posts on this plant already exist on efloraindia, I
wanted to share close ups of its beautiful fruits, which always
attract me. I have inquired many people of different ages for its
local names for the last four years, but did not got any one who was aware. I have found only one Hindi name ‘JANGLI CHAI’ for this plant in literature.
I have heard that its bark can be boiled into a tea and also tried it once after searching for its safety/toxicity in literature. It was
good in taste.

Really nice pictures, …

A good information on its uses


Osyris quadripartita Salzmann ex Decaisne : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Osyris quadripartita Salzmann ex Decaisne shot at Shivapuri National Park Kathmandu Nepal on 24 November 2014 at 7000 ft.

I think to me also appear close to images at /species/m—z/s/santalaceae/osyris/osyris-quadripartita

Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)
Sharing some pictures I guess is Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight shot at Shivapuri National Park Kathmandu Nepal on 4 July 2015 at 7000 ft.
Or is it the same plant of the earlier post Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne. ??

Both the species are same as per GRIN & the following links:

Request to please refer to the following also.
Attachments (1)

I think same as your earlier post.

Plant for ID :: Devgad, Konkan, May 2017 :: ARKMAY12 : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (7)
Please ID this tree. Spotted it in Devgad, MH on a mountain in May 2017.

It looks like Osyris arborea Wall. ex A. DC.

… could be Osyris quadripartita.

oh! I did not see … comment !! I think we both are talking of same ID.

Thank you … for the ID.
O. arborea seems to be a synonym of O. quadripartita.

Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (11)
Location: Nagarkot, Nepal
Altitude:6600 ft.
Date: 20 June 2017
Syn: Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne.
        Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight
Nepali Nameनुन ढिकि Nunadhiki / बाख्रे खुर्सानी Baakhre Khursaanee / बन चियापाते Ban Chiyaapaate  / बन्झरी Banjharee / भोरेखयर Bhorekhayar / डल्ले पाते Dalle Paate / मुसे साकेनो Muse Saakeno  

Superb presentation with great details.

Osyris quadripartita :: near Lion’s Point :: 07 APR 08 : 4 posts by 3 authors. 2 images.
Near Lion’s Point , off Lonavala
Date: April 7, 2008 … Altitude: about 760 m (2500 feet) asl
Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne … (family: Santalaceae)


SK1396 31 AUG 2018 : 8 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (6)- around 500 kb each.
Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud.  ??
Syn: Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight 
         Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne.

Location: Chobhar, Kathmandu, Nepal  
Date: 7 August 2018
Elevation: 4500 ft.
Habit : Wild

I need some clarification as to only one sp. of Osyris as mentioned in the ID links.

I will rely more on Catalogue of Life in this situation.

However, Flora of India Vol 23 (2012) (Editors N. P. Balakrishnan, T. Chakrabarty, M. Sanjappa, P. Lakshminarsimhan & P. Singh- by Botanical Survey of India) mentions it as Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne. 61

Thank you … That means both are same sp. and only.

SK1506 14 Oct 2018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- around 250 kb each.
Location:  Shivapuri National Park,Nepal 
Date: 24 August 2018
Elevation:6500 ft.
Habit : Wild 
Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight ??

Species Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud. ??

SK1678 29 Dec 2018 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5)- around 650 kb each.
Location: Dolalghat, Kabhrepalanchowk
Date: 26 December  2018
Elevation: 646 m.
Habit : Wild
Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud. ?
Syn: Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne.


ID11032012PHK1: (No images available now)
A climbing shrub from Mulshi,Pune

This could be Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne. (synonym of Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud.) … family: Santalaceae

Yes Osyris lanceolata
I had posted this plant recently.
A Santalaceae member.




Osyris quadripartita ?? PKA-March-39 : Attachments (6). 3 posts by 2 authors.

Small Shrub ( almost 1m in height),
Location: Mullanagiru Hills (Chikmagalur region, Karnataka),
Altitude: 5500 ft to 6000ft
Date/Time: 25-01-2014/ 11:50AM

Bot. name: Osyris quadripartita ??, Please validate..
Family: Santalaceae?
Habitat: Wild

efi page on Osyris quadripartita

Yes, it is Osyris lanceolata only.


Osyris sp. ? : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)
Fruit for Id. Any Osyris sp. from Santalaceae ?
Location – Lonavala (Maharashtra)
Date – June 2018

Osyris wightiana Wall. ex Wight !

I am confused between Osyris wightiana and Osyris quadripartita. Both look alike.

Capparis sp.? : 4 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (2)- 2 Mb each.
Found in Yelagiri hills of Eastern ghats this May.
Habit: shrub, climber

Pl. check Capparis

Thanks sir for your reply. I am not sure.
Some expert on Eastern ghats species can help.

Osyris sp.


Osyris for species confirmation_Kamshet Area: 2 images.

This large shrub was observed at Kamshet, in the wild.
My guess is “Osyris lanceolata” but I am not sure about species.
Please help in species confirmation.
Shrub height- 12 feet
Location-Kamshet, Maval Tal., Pune

Yes !


ID Ooty 03/12/3/23: 1 high res. image.
Please identify this shrub from Ooty. 12/3/23

Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud. !

Yes, it appears close to images at Osyris lanceolata Hochst. & Steud.

I also agree with ID, recorded from Andhra Pradesh.


Santalaceae: Osyris quadripartita Salzm. ex Decne.: 1 high res. image.

synonyms: Osyris abyssinica Hochst. ex A.Rich., Osyris quadrifida Salzm. ex A.DC.
location/date: Nandi Hills, Bangalore, Karnataka, July 1997



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